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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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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.
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.
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.
While the rich Oligarchy resorts to imperiousness and cocooned chutzpah, the other social classes are experiencing their own economic apartheid.
Today starts another Year of Miracles in the sense of wondrous revelations by the loyal, practical, optimistic and industrious Earth Dog, which will give us that needed sigh of relief from the imperiousness and, often, insolent Fire Rooster, as we find peace and harmony in the home, sincere support for noble causes everywhere and heartfelt encouragement for global advancement.
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Sigismund wields power like Ivan, but the typical male imperiousness and aggression in his speech is cloaked in the come-hither coquettish power of his costume and gestures.
Her innate imperiousness will not work here, and neither will reason as, once she is inside, she feels as though she were in "the world of the insane" (130).
This is hardly German imperialism, but it is imperiousness, a dropping of the inhibition to criticise others because of Germany's past, an insistence on efficiency supporting all exercises of public policy.