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Date: 1500-1600
Language: Latin
Origin: imperiosus, from imperium; IMPERIAL

imperious

adjective
     
im‧pe‧ri‧ous
giving orders and expecting to be obeyed, in a way that seems too proud:
She raised her hand in an imperious gesture.
imperiously adverb
imperiousness noun [uncountable]

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