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Sep 13, 2012
This week's theme
Words to describe people

This week's words
munificent
fastidious
impeccable
imperious
rapacious

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imperious

PRONUNCIATION:
(im-PEER-ee-uhs)

MEANING:
adjective:
1. Domineering; dictatorial.
2. Urgent; imperative.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin imperare (to command) which also resulted in imperative, emperor, empire, and imperial. Earliest documented use: 1541.

USAGE:
"She had an imperious manner that dared anyone to get in her way. She wore impeccable suits."
Helen Stringer; Spellbinder; Macmillan; 2009.

See more usage examples of imperious in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
In the cellars of the night, when the mind starts moving around old trunks of bad times, the pain of this and the shame of that, the memory of a small boldness is a hand to hold. -John Leonard, critic (1939-2008)

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