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He had acted "in obedience to the clear and imperious call of public obligation."

He, with an imperious air, bid me deserve his love, and I should be sure to have it.

Her voice cut fiercely into the quiet of the room, imperious, savage.

It filled his heart with delight to play with the fierce, imperious animal he rode.

She was just as colossally commanding as ever, just as imperious.

He alarmed her with his imperious gesture, and she turned from him, clinging to my neck.

It is imperious and obedient, sincere and false, piteous and cruel, timid and bold.

In another Triad he is recorded as one of the three imperious ones of the island.

He felt as if the Sicilian were beset by an imperious need to break a long reserve.

The doctor constrained by his mother's imperious glances, softened the truth.

WORD ORIGIN

1540s, from Latin imperiosus "commanding, mighty, powerful," from imperium "empire, command" (see empire). Related: Imperiously.

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