Imperious Im*pe"ri*ous, a. [L. imperiosus: cf. F. imp['e]rieux. See {Imperial}.] 1. Commanding; ascendant; imperial; lordly; majestic. [Obs.] ``A vast and imperious mind.'' --Tilloison. [1913 Webster]

Therefore, great lords, be, as your titles witness, Imperious. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. Haughly; arrogant; overbearing; as, an imperious tyrant; an imperious manner. [1913 Webster]

This imperious man will work us all From princes into pages. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

His bold, contemptuous, and imperious spirit soon made him conspicuous. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

3. Imperative; urgent; compelling. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.