from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Commanding; authoritative.
  • adj. Relating to the title or office of imperator.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Commanding; imperative; authoritative.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to the title or office of imperator.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to the title or office of imperator or emperor: as, “imperatorial laurels,”
  • Like an imperator; of a commanding nature or quality; imperial.
  • Also imperatory.


Latin imperatorius. (Wiktionary)


  • I wished him not to be elated by too much prosperity; I warned him against assuming heroic imperatorial airs, and cocking his laurels too jauntily over his ear.

    Roundabout Papers

  • Where, again, will you find a more adequate expression of the Roman majesty, than in the saying of Trajan -- _Imperatorem oportere stantem mori_ -- that Cæsar ought to die standing; a speech of imperatorial grandeur!

    The Art of Public Speaking

  • If this had an imperatorial -- what follows had a consular majesty, and is almost the grandest story upon record.

    The Art of Public Speaking

  • The ruler of a senatorial province was styled a proconsul ([Greek: anthupatos]), while the officer to whom an imperatorial province was entrusted bore the name of proprætor ([Greek: antistratêgos]) or legate ([Greek: presbeutês]).

    Essays on the work entitled "Supernatural Religion"

  • If disturbances broke out in a senatorial province and military rule was necessary to restore order, it would be transferred to the Emperor as the head of the army, and the Senate would receive an imperatorial province in exchange.

    Essays on the work entitled "Supernatural Religion"

  • I had no aid from books, is yet far from being what some people have supposed it -- a simple recapitulation, or _resumé_, of the Roman imperatorial history.

    Autobiographical Sketches

  • "_Diis aliter visum est: _" the blood of the Ælian family was not privileged to ascend or aspire: it gravitated violently to extinction; and this junior Verus is supposed to have been as much indebted to his assessor on the throne for shielding his obscure vices, and drawing over his defects the ample draperies of the imperatorial robe, as he was to

    The Caesars

  • Whereas, in the imperatorial provinces, where the governor bore the title of _Proprætor, _ there was provision made for a military establishment; and as to duration, the office was regulated entirely by the emperor's pleasure.

    The Caesars

  • This Cæsar, therefore, dying thus prematurely, never tasted of empire; and his name would have had but a doubtful title to a place in the imperatorial roll, had it not been recalled to a second chance for the sacred honors in the person of his son -- whom it was the pleasure of

    The Caesars

  • Neither is it at all certain, as regarded even this aspect of the imperatorial office, that Augustus had the purpose, or so much as the wish, to annihilate all collateral power, and to invest the chief magistrate with absolute irresponsibility.

    The Caesars


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