1. Commanding; ascendant; imperial; lordly; majestic. [Obs.] “A vast and imperious mind.”
Therefore, great lords, be, as your titles witness,
2. Haughly; arrogant; overbearing; as, an imperious tyrant; an imperious manner.
This imperious man will work us all
From princes into pages. --Shak.
His bold, contemptuous, and imperious spirit soon made him conspicuous. --Macaulay.
3. Imperative; urgent; compelling.
Imperious need, which can not be withstood. --Dryden.
Syn: -- Dictatorial; haughty; domineering; overbearing; lordly; tyrannical; despotic; arrogant; imperative; authoritative; commanding; pressing.
Usage: -- Imperious, Lordly, Domineering. One who is imperious exercises his authority in a manner highly offensive for its spirit and tone; one who is lordly assumes a lofty air in order to display his importance; one who is domineering gives orders in a way to make others feel their inferiority.
adj : able to deal authoritatively with affairs; "dismissed the
matter with an imperious wave of her hand" [syn: masterful]