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1. Arrogantly domineering or overbearing. See Synonyms at dictatorial.
2. Urgent; pressing: an imperious necessity.
3. Obsolete Regal; imperial.

[From Latin imperiōsus, from imperium, imperium; see empire.]

im·pe′ri·ous·ly adv.
im·pe′ri·ous·ness n.
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Noun1.imperiousness - the trait of being imperious and overbearing
arrogance, haughtiness, hauteur, high-handedness, lordliness - overbearing pride evidenced by a superior manner toward inferiors
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(imˈpiəriəs) adjective
proud, behaving as if expecting to be obeyed. an imperious manner.
imˈperiousness noun
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Constancy of attention--a kindness as mute as watchful, always standing by her, cloaked in the rough garb of austerity, and making its real nature known only by a rare glance of interest, or a cordial and gentle word; real respect masked with seeming imperiousness, directing, urging her actions, yet helping her too, and that with devoted care: these were the means I used, for these means best suited Frances' feelings, as susceptible as deep vibrating--her nature at once proud and shy.
Bulstrode's native imperiousness and strength of determination served him well.
As for his dejection, I certainly did not hear his laugh ringing from the vestry as usual, nor his voice loud in hilarious discourse; though I did hear it uplifted in rating the sexton in a manner that made the congregation stare; and, in his transits to and from the pulpit and the communion-table, there was more of solemn pomp, and less of that irreverent, self-confident, or rather self-delighted imperiousness with which he usually swept along--that air that seemed to say, 'You all reverence and adore me, I know; but if anyone does not, I defy him to the teeth
The injunction has an imperiousness which enforces it.
He increased his feigned ardour for the bushwoman, at the same time increasing the imperiousness of his will of desire over her to be led to look upon the Red One face to face.
He made the house lively by his activity, his imperiousness, his scolding, and his good-nature.
Not merely return from the shadows, he did so with much of the rampant imperiousness of old.
13)=/aend/--achieved by spacing and lineation (capitalization is motivated by the lineation of the ST); these variations express a modulation from imperiousness, through solicitude, to resolution; (e) to create a lullaby effect in the rocking motion of the amphibrach (x/x), (10) which appears from line 9 onward.
An early target has been Netanyahu's wife, Sara, a psychologist and former flight attendant who seldom speaks in public but has often been the butt of criticism in the press for her perceived imperiousness.
Bacon's Pope differs from Velazquez's in the howling head borrowed from an Eisenstein film, the ghoulish face stripped of calmness and imperiousness, the seat of power rapidly disintegrating into a cage, signs of violence and decadence visible through a semi-transparent curtain.
Mr Cameron has a weakness for arrogantly dismissing criticism with the imperiousness of a Tory who believes he was born to rule - but is not very good at it.
Motley replied with all the imperiousness of a minister and a successful historian admonishing Howells that "I should think that your going home from Venice to America without permission would be deemed grave dereliction of duty.