imperious

[ im-peer-ee-uhs ]

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Part of Speech

adjective

Origin + Etymology

Mid 16th century; Latin

from Latin imperiosus, from imperium ‘command, authority, empire’; related to imperare ‘to command’

Synonyms

  • arrogant
  • autocratic
  • dictorial
  • domineering
  • exacting
  • haughty
  • high-handed
  • tyrannical

Antonyms

  • democratic
  • humble
  • meek

Definition

domineering in a haughty manner; dictatorial; overbearing

Example

His imperious demands caught the company by surprise because they were so unjustified.

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