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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 im·pe·ri·ous /ɪmˈpɪriəs/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Im·pe·ri·ous a.
 1. Commanding; ascendant; imperial; lordly; majestic. [Obs.] “A vast and imperious mind.”
 Therefore, great lords, be, as your titles witness,
 Imperious.   --Shak.
 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.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj : able to deal authoritatively with affairs; "dismissed the
            matter with an imperious wave of her hand" [syn: masterful]