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 (ĭm′pə-rä′tôr′, -tər)
1. An army commander in the Roman Republic.
2. The supreme power of the Roman emperor.
3. The head of state and supreme commander in the Roman Empire, in whose name all victories were won.

[Latin imperātōr; see emperor.]

im·per′a·to′ri·al (ĭm-pĕr′ə-tôr′ē-əl) adj.


1. (Historical Terms)
a. (in imperial Rome) a title of the emperor
b. (in republican Rome) a temporary title of honour bestowed upon a victorious general
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a less common word for emperor
[C16: from Latin: commander, from imperāre to command]
imperatorial adj
imˌperaˈtorially adv
ˌimpeˈratorˌship n


(ˌɪm pəˈrɑ tər, -ˈrɑ tɔr, -ˈreɪ tər)

1. (in imperial Rome) emperor.
2. (in republican Rome) a temporary title accorded a victorious general.
[1570–80; < Latin imperātor; see emperor]
im•per•a•to•ri•al (ɪmˌpɛr əˈtɔr i əl, -ˈtoʊr-) adj.
im•per`a•to′ri•al•ly, adv.
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No solo se refiere aqui a los documentos y diplomas regios que contienen los terminos de imperium y de imperator entre otros afines, sino tambien a las fuentes narrativas e iconograficas que recogieron la existencia y la percepcion de esos mismos terminos.
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The acclamation of the Frankish monarch as magnus et pacificus imperator (great and peacemaking emperor) was the culmination of generations of royal and ecclesiastical image building.
Las primeras hipotesis acerca del significado de imperator se buscan en la relacion semantica con el concepto de imperium, y diversas son las razones de las mutaciones semanticas del concepto de imperator y su carga ideologica, en el contexto siempre del imperium, cuya vicisitud no estuvo exenta de cambios (3).