• WordNet 3.6
    • adj imperious having or showing arrogant superiority to and disdain of those one views as unworthy "some economists are disdainful of their colleagues in other social disciplines","haughty aristocrats","his lordly manners were offensive","walked with a prideful swagger","very sniffy about breaches of etiquette","his mother eyed my clothes with a supercilious air","a more swaggering mood than usual"- W.L.Shirer"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

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Imperial Eagle Imperial Eagle

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A Chinese Scientist discovered that the Earth is round during the Han Dynasty by measuring the sun and moon's path in the sky. He recorded this fact down in the imperial records but went unnoticed until it was unearthed recently but Chinese archaeologists.
    • Imperious Commanding; ascendant; imperial; lordly; majestic. "A vast and imperious mind.""Therefore, great lords, be, as your titles witness, Imperious ."
    • Imperious Haughly; arrogant; overbearing; as, an imperious tyrant; an imperious manner. "This imperious man will work us all
      From princes into pages."
      "His bold, contemptuous, and imperious spirit soon made him conspicuous."
    • Imperious Imperative; urgent; compelling. "Imperious need, which can not be withstood."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The Imperial torte, a square chocolate cake with five thin layers of almond paste, was created by a master pastry chef at the court of Emperor Franz Joseph (1830 1916).
    • imperious l. Imperial.
    • imperious Of a domineering character or quality; dictatorial; overbearing: as, an imperious tyrant or temper.
    • imperious Of an urgent or pressing nature; overmastering; compulsory; imperative: as, imperious circumstances; an imperious necessity.
    • imperious Synonyms Authoritative, Dogmatic, etc. (see magisterial), tyrannical, despotic, wilful, determined.
    • imperious Im. perious, Imperative. Imperious applies to the spirit or manner of the person ruling or giving a command, and of rule in general; imperative, to the nature of a command. An imperious person is determined to have his will obeyed; imperious rule is characterized by the haughty, overbearing, and determined nature of the ruler. An imperative command is absolute, express, peremptory, and not to be questioned or evaded. Imperative is not properly applicable to persons.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Russian Imperial Necklace has been loaned out by Joseff jewelers of Hollywood for 1,215 different feature films.
    • adj Imperious im-pē′ri-us assuming command: haughty: tyrannical: authoritative:
    • adj Imperious im-pē′ri-us (obs.) imperial
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  • Robert Browning
    “It is best to be yourself, imperial, plain and true.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. imperiosus,: cf. F. impérieux,. See Imperial
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. imperiosus.


In literature:

That imperial city is a site that, in strong hands, means power and wealth.
"The Revelation Explained" by F. Smith
On all the public buildings the German Imperial flag hung alongside the Belgian.
"Mrs. Warren's Daughter" by Sir Harry Johnston
Customs to be collected and retained by the Imperial Parliament in view of contribution to Imperial services.
"Against Home Rule (1912)" by Various
But no one amongst them hath been able to achieve the imperial dignity.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1"
Bismarck for a long time was the decided opponent of naval armaments and colonial policy, in short, of imperialism.
"New York Times Current History; The European War, Vol 2, No. 2, May, 1915" by Various
Creative, shape of first imperious law.
"The Religions of Japan" by William Elliot Griffis
The Imperial or British Government has controlled, and the Imperial Parliament has passed laws for, the whole country.
"A Leap in the Dark" by A.V. Dicey
He had an imperial presence, coupled with the utterance of a child.
"T. De Witt Talmage" by T. De Witt Talmage
No one could more imperiously demand the scepter than Albert.
"The Empire of Austria; Its Rise and Present Power" by John S. C. Abbott
It represents the living members of the imperial family protected by the deified Augustus.
"The Women of the Caesars" by Guglielmo Ferrero

In poetry:

The proud imperious guise,
Impetuous and serene,
The sad mysterious eyes,
And dignity of mien!
"A Northern Vigil" by Bliss William Carman
Rome! thine imperial brow
Never shall rise:
What hast thou left thee now?
Thou hast thy skies!
"Roman Girl's Song" by Felicia Dorothea Hemans
From the graves of Poland,
From Germania's plains,
From the death-pollution
Of imperial chains.
"Invocation" by Mathilde Blind
Was life worth living then? and now
Is life worth sin?
Where are the imperial years? and how
Are you Faustine?
"Faustine" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
Then Julius Fabricius died as even Prefects do,
And after certain centuries, Imperial Rome died too.
Then did robbers enter Britain from across the Northern main
And our Lower River-field was won by Ogier the Dane.
"The Land" by Rudyard Kipling
He gnasht his teeth; opprobrious names
Muttered on Death, and wisht his flames
Could crack his stubborn ribs . . in vain . .
He must resign or share the place
Imperial; he must bear disgrace
While that intruder feels but pain.
"On The Descent Into Hell Of Ezzelino Di Napoli" by Walter Savage Landor

In news:

Paul May, 2008, Imperial College Press.
The Southeastern Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) will have its holiday open house from 2 PM to 4 PM at its offices in the Concorde Career College building on Imperial Avenue.
Serenko earned his doctorate degree in geology from Imperial College, London, United Kingdom.
1121 Main St, Imperial, MO 63052.
6549 Hwy 61 67, Imperial, MO 63052.
Japan's Imperial Conspiracy by David Bergamini Pocket Books, 1,440 pp.
Oscar's Pardon Belgian Pale Ale, Speakerswagon Pilsner, and Mathias Imperial IPA.
Mark Steyn's Odd Call for Small-Government Imperialism .
Is There Such a Thing as Agro- Imperialism .
A 'Butterfly' That Hovers Over The Issues of Racism, Sexism And Imperialism .
A Waco Fire Department hazardous materials team answered a call to the US Postal Service annex at 7200 Imperial Drive late Saturday morning to investigate a white powder postal workers found loose on a pallet being unloaded from a mail truck.
In 1956, dentist and amateur ornithologist William Rhein captured the rare Imperial woodpecker on 16 mm color film.
55-year-old recording reveals how giant imperial woodpecker lived.
Theodore Roosevelt, War in the Philippines, and the Rise and Fall of America's Imperial Dream By Gregg Jones (New American Library, 430 pages, $26.95).
Yeti Imperial Stout, Great Divide Brewing Company, Denver.

In science:

Vinnicombe, Uncertainty and Feedback: H∞ Loop-Shaping and the ν -Gap Metric, (Imperial College Press,Singapore,2000).
Coarse graining and control theory model reduction
Imperial College Press and World Scientific Publishing Co.
A Thinning Analogue of de Finetti's Theorem
Gosson, The principles of newtonion and quantum mechanics: the need for Planck’s constant, h (Imperial College Press, London, 2001).
First principles quantum Monte Carlo
The UK proposal between Warwick and Imperial was never funded due to the poor rules for reviewing interdisciplinary proposals in the UK.
Computational Euler History
Later, the improved spectral element code of Sherwin from Imperial would be used.
Computational Euler History