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  • She dismissed the matter with an imperious wave of her hand.
  • People don’t generally warm to her. She comes across as imperious.
  • He was learning how to negotiate with imperious Yankees.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • George’s hand remained outstretched imperiously.
    John Steinbeck  --  Of Mice and Men

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  • And so when Okonkwo of Umuofia arrived at Mbaino as the proud and imperious emissary of war, he was treated with great honour and respect, and two days later he returned home with a lad of fifteen and a young virgin.
    Chinua Achebe  --  Things Fall Apart
  • She points imperiously at the door.
    Tennessee Williams  --  The Glass Menagerie
  • At that very moment his blanket and jacket were imperiously jerked off him.
    Alexander Solzhenitsyn  --  One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
  • His imperious manner ... did nothing to increase his popularity.
    Michael Crichton  --  The Andromeda Strain
  • Dede gave the chauffeur the imperious look of a mistress whose servant has disobeyed her wishes.
    Julia Alvarez  --  In the Time of the Butterflies
  • The first was a great, red-headed gentleman, of an imperious and flushed face, who...
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Kidnapped

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  • With some you postured and with some you groveled and with some you were imperious.
    Michael Shaara  --  The Killer Angels
  • Some of her usual imperious air was back, her mouth a thin line, her jaw set with determination.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • He turned slowly to look at her with an air of imperious annoyance.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • Kvothe motioned Chronicler forward imperiously, then turned to grab two thick glasses and a bottle seemingly at random.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • She stared imperiously across the Brute Squad.
    William Goldman  --  The Princess Bride
  • Miss Crocker, finding nothing else to say, turned imperiously. and headed for the door.
    Mildred D. Taylor  --  Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
  • ’And so imperious!
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • Like the nuns, this woman has a slightly imperious air, as if she is used to getting her way.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • One evening when Hauptmann is down the hall in his office, Werner glances over at imperious, sleepy Volkheimer in the corner and says, "That prisoner."
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • But it still squealed to a stop, spitting sparks from rails and wire, when Tante Jans stood imperiously before the Beje.
    Corrie Ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place
  • Nor could loutish self-gratification quell this imperious, feverish desire.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • At length, the fat judge broke from the conference and beckoned imperiously to John MacRae, who stood to one side, alert for trouble.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • No no," he said, shushing me imperiously as I tried to talk over him, pouring me a new shot, sliding the glass across the table to me, "what is he giving you?
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • His hand was out, his chin raised, his tone imperious.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • He walked with his chin high and his chest puffed, his gestures exaggerated and imperious.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • With an imperious meow he led her into the hall.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • She let the fingertips of one hand rest on the railing, a narrow hand ending the straight imperious line of her arm.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • ’Take him away, ma’am!’ said Mr. Bumble imperiously.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • But an imperious glance from the stranger stopped him short; he bowed humbly and retired.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • And at these words the young girl fixed her imperious look on the Catalan, who, as if fascinated by it, came slowly towards Edmond, and offered him his hand.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • How he came there, I know not, but I heard his voice raised in a tone of imperious command, and looking towards the sound, saw him stand in the roadway.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • With an imperious gesture, he snatched the gray cloth off the open flap and gazed downward into the mystery.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • He presses his lips into an imperious line.
    Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants
  • "Come," said Madame Maxime imperiously to her students, and the Hogwarts crowd parted to allow her and her students to pass up the stone steps.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • It was a goddess, radiant, that bended its form with an imperious gesture to him.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • Jace barely had the blade in his hand when a medium-size Drevak demon scuttled toward them, chittering imperiously.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Ashes
  • She started to squirm and then reached her hand imperiously toward Rosalie.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • The manner of both was imperious, and they both moved, as these words were spoken, so as to place me between themselves and the carriage door.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • With some guilt, he thinks of Zabi and Lemar back in San Jose, who have long professed their dislike of their Afghan names, who are fast turning into little tyrants, into the imperious American children he and Nahil had vowed they would never raise.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • Maryse’s tone was imperious.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Fallen Angels
  • Then a bell rang, and from the ceiling of the lift a loud speaker began, very softly and yet very imperiously, to issue its commands.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • The boys stood quite still, looking first at their father and then at their mother, while the baby, climbing up her clothes, began an imperious, commanding cry.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • Often, nevertheless, more from caprice than necessity, she demanded to be taken up in arms; but was soon as imperious to be let down again, and frisked onward before Hester on the grassy pathway, with many a harmless trip and tumble.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • Mrs Weasley beckoned imperiously to her sons and Hermione.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • By the utmost self-violence I curbed the imperious voice of wretchedness, which sometimes desired to declare itself to the whole world, and my manners were calmer and more composed than they had ever been since my journey to the sea of ice.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • She made an awkward, imperious little bow as she went in.
    Kate Chopin  --  The Awakening
  • I felt at times as if he were my relation rather than my master: yet he was imperious sometimes still; but I did not mind that; I saw it was his way.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • She was certainly ugly, and yet, like the toad, she had eyes like jewels, dark and imperious, revealing latent energy and an intellectual force that could be felt at once.
    Agatha Christie  --  Murder On The Orient Express
  • But, Uncle Pumblechook, who was omnipotent in that kitchen, wouldn’t hear the word, wouldn’t hear of the subject, imperiously waved it all away with his hand, and asked for hot gin and water.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • What, man! there are ways to recover the general again: you are but now cast in his mood, a punishment more in policy than in malice; even so as one would beat his offenceless dog to affright an imperious lion: sue to him again, and he is yours.
    William Shakespeare  --  Othello, the Moor of Venice
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