adjective /ɪmˈpɪəriəs,ɪmˈpɪriəs/
a) Domineering, arrogant, or overbearing.

...she glanced about her in an imperious, challenging sort of way, with looks and gestures that clearly were unstudied.

b) Urgent.

Circumstances of an imperious nature, which it is unnecessary to relate here, had prevented him from taking service with that gallant army which had fought the disastrous campaigns ending with the fall of Corinth.

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