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Definition expecting obedience; or arrogant; or domineering
  • She dismissed the matter with an imperious wave of her hand.
imperious = arrogant
  • People don't generally warm to her. She comes across as imperious.
  • imperious = arrogant
  • Miss Crocker, finding nothing else to say, turned imperiously and headed for the door.
    Mildred D. Taylor  --  Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
  • imperiously = arrogantly (as though of higher status than others)
  •   "I didn't steal it. I found it lyin' right beside the road."
      George's hand remained outstretched imperiously.
    John Steinbeck  --  Of Mice and Men
  • imperiously = in a manner that expects obedience
  • Dede gave the chauffeur the imperious look of a mistress whose servant has disobeyed her wishes.
    Julia Alvarez  --  In the Time of the Butterflies
  • imperious = expecting obedience
  • She points imperiously at the door.
    Tennessee Williams  --  The Glass Menagerie
  • imperiously = arrogantly
  • He was learning how to negotiate with imperious Yankees.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • imperious = expecting obedience; or arrogant; or domineering
  • The first was a great, red-headed gentleman, of an imperious and flushed face, who...
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Kidnapped
  • imperious = arrogant or domineering
  • His imperious manner ... did nothing to increase his popularity.
    Michael Crichton  --  The Andromeda Strain
  • imperious = expectation of obedience (combined with arrogance)
  • At that very moment his blanket and jacket were imperiously jerked off him.
    Alexander Solzhenitsyn  --  One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
  • imperiously = arrogantly
  • With some you postured and with some you groveled and with some you were imperious.
    Michael Shaara  --  The Killer Angels
  • imperious = expecting obedience
  • 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
  • imperious = expecting obedience
  • There the two of them were, the immigrant from rural Poland, his eyes ringed with fatigue, facing off in his halting English against the imperious Yankee.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • The imperious voices of hunger and thirst prevailed over my dread.
    Wells, H.G.  --  The Island of Doctor Moreau
  • Whose high imperious thoughts have punish'd me
    Shakespeare, William  --  Two Gentlemen of Verona
  • Here we have the man, sly, subtle, hard, imperious, and, withal, cold as ice.
    Hawthorne, Nathaniel  --  House Of Seven Gables
  • The interval had been short, but he had greatly complained of its length, and had been imperious with Mr Rugg touching the delay.
    Dickens, Charles  --  Little Dorrit
  • An imperious wave of his hand drove us all to the door.
    Christie, Agatha  --  The Mysterious Affair at Styles
  • Indeed the inhabitants of the new star could not live without eating, and their stomachs were suffering from the imperious laws of hunger.
    Verne, Jules  --  Round The Moon
  • But one imperious in another's throne?
    Shakespeare, William  --  King Henry VI, Part 1

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