Arrogantly domineering or overbearing. synonym: dictatorial.


Urgent; pressing.


Regal; imperial.

l. Imperial.

Of a domineering character or quality; dictatorial; overbearing: as, an imperious tyrant or temper.

Of an urgent or pressing nature; overmastering; compulsory; imperative: as, imperious circumstances; an imperious necessity.

Synonyms Authoritative, Dogmatic, etc. (see magisterial), tyrannical, despotic, wilful, determined.

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3. Im. perious, Imperative. Imperious applies to the spirit or manner of the person ruling or giving a command, and of rule in general; imperative, to the nature of a command. An imperious person is determined to have his will obeyed; imperious rule is characterized by the haughty, overbearing, and determined nature of the ruler. An imperative command is absolute, express, peremptory, and not to be questioned or evaded. Imperative is not properly applicable to persons.


Commanding; ascendant; imperial; lordly; majestic.