V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: proud, arrogant, and acting with an air of authority and superiority

Synonyms: arrogant, condescending, proud, self-righteous, vain, conceited, haughty

Antonyms: humble

Tips: The words imperious and imperial are related. Imperial, however, means "grand, superior, or powerful" in a more positive sense. It also can refer to that which relates to a country, an emperor, or to an empire. Think, "The imperial emperor was imperious and looked down on everyone."

Usage Examples:

The new professor was an imperious woman who considered herself to be quite important. (arrogant, self-righteous)

The imperial government made laws that all of its citizens had to obey. (powerful, central)

The diplomat asked his subordinates to leave with an imperious wave of his hand. (authoritative, arrogant, haughty)

I don't think he can be an effective manager with his imperious manner. (arrogant, authoritative, condescending)

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