My great-aunt Miriam commands the attention of the entire family with her imperious, proud bearing. When she enters a room, you would think that she is a high-handed queen imperiously greeting her lowly subjects. Aunt Miriam dictates who will speak at the dinner table, and imperiously or bossily orders people to stop when she thinks they have said enough. Once, when I tried to disagree, she imperiously raised a single terrible eyebrow at me which frightened me into falling silent.
Quiz: When is one imperious?
- When one behaves in a commanding, masterful way.
- When one behaves in a way that makes others afraid.
- When one behaves in a queenly way.