[ US /ˌɪmˈpɪɹiəs/ ]
[ UK /ɪmpˈiəɹɪəs/ ]
[ UK /ɪmpˈiəɹɪəs/ ]
having or showing arrogant superiority to and disdain of those one views as unworthy
walked with a prideful swagger
some economists are disdainful of their colleagues in other social disciplines
his lordly manners were offensive
a more swaggering mood than usual
very sniffy about breaches of etiquette
his mother eyed my clothes with a supercilious air
How To Use imperious In A Sentence
- She sent them away with an imperious wave of the hand.
- 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. Othello
- She extended her hand with the imperious manner of someone who'd been at the same job long enough to harbor illusions of irreplaceability. When The Bough Breaks
- 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. THE RED ONE
- 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's yours. Othello, the Moor of Venice
- The vulgar always knew what General danced with the lovely Miss A., and how they looked, and what they said to each other; how many jewels Miss A. wore, and the material her dress was made of; they knew who polkaed with the accomplished Miss B., and how like a duchess she bore herself; they had the exact name of the colonel who dashed along so like a knight with the graceful and much-admired Mrs. D., whose husband was abroad serving his country; what gallant captain of dragoons (captains of infantry were looked upon as not what they might be) promenaded so imperiously with the vivacious Miss E.; and what distinguished foreigner sat all night in the corner holding a suspicious and very improper conversation with Miss An Outcast or, Virtue and Faith
- She negotiates the most incredibly florid passages with imperious authority, and she sings with the passion that other mezzos reserve for Amneris or Eboli.
- A person , who is imperious and tries to gloss over his fault, is bound to suffer in the end.
- Even Goneril has her one splendid hour, her fire - flaught of hellish glory; when she treads under foot the half-hearted goodness, the wordy and windy though sincere abhorrence, which is all that the mild and impotent revolt of Albany can bring to bear against her imperious and dauntless devilhood; when she flaunts before the eyes of her "milk-livered" and "moral fool" the coming banners of France about the "plumed helm" of his slayer. A Study of Shakespeare
- I am stopped mid-anecdote by an imperious tap on my shoulder.