A Word A Day : Imperial

Word of 3rd June 2007: A Word A Day-Imperial


( Adjetcive )

Imperial (im PEER ee ul): like an emperor or an empire

Imperial, emperor and empire are all derived from the same root.

England's imperial days are over, now that the British Empire has crumbled away.

The palace was decorated with imperial splendor.

George's imperial manner was inappropriate, since he was nothing more exalted than the local dogcatcher.

A similar word is imperious which means bossy and, usually, arrogant.

The director's imperious style rubbed everyone the wrong way. He always seemed to be giving orders and he never listened to what anyone said.

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