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ADJECTIVE (1)

1. having or showing arrogant superiority to and disdain of those one views as unworthy;
- Example: "some economists are disdainful of their colleagues in other social disciplines"
- Example: "haughty aristocrats"
- Example: "his lordly manners were offensive"
- Example: "walked with a prideful swagger"
- Example: "very sniffy about breaches of etiquette"
- Example: "his mother eyed my clothes with a supercilious air"
- Example: "a more swaggering mood than usual"- W.L.Shirer
[syn: disdainful, haughty, imperious, lordly, overbearing, prideful, sniffy, supercilious, swaggering]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

imperious adj 1: having or showing arrogant superiority to and disdain of those one views as unworthy; "some economists are disdainful of their colleagues in other social disciplines"; "haughty aristocrats"; "his lordly manners were offensive"; "walked with a prideful swagger"; "very sniffy about breaches of etiquette"; "his mother eyed my clothes with a supercilious air"; "a more swaggering mood than usual"- W.L.Shirer [syn: disdainful, haughty, imperious, lordly, overbearing, prideful, sniffy, supercilious, swaggering]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

85 Moby Thesaurus words for "imperious": U, absolute, absolutist, absolutistic, acute, arbitrary, aristocratic, arrogant, authoritarian, authoritative, autocratic, binding, bossy, clamorous, coactive, compelling, compulsatory, compulsive, compulsory, constraining, critical, crucial, crying, de rigueur, despotic, dictatorial, domineering, driving, dynastic, elitist, exigent, feudal, grinding, heavy-handed, high and mighty, high-handed, high-pressure, high-priority, hubristic, imperative, imperatorial, imperatorious, imperial, insistent, instant, irresistible, kinglike, kingly, lordly, magisterial, magistral, majestic, mandatory, masterful, monarchal, monarchial, monarchic, monocratic, must, necessary, obligatory, oppressive, overbearing, overruling, peremptory, pivotal, pressing, princelike, princely, purple, queenlike, queenly, regal, repressive, required, restraining, royal, severe, sovereign, strict, stringent, suppressive, tyrannical, tyrannous, urgent