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Flashcards in Set 29 Deck (10):
1

Imperious

Commanding, masterful, arrogant, domineering, haughty

The diva dismissed us from her presence with an imperious wave of her hand

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Imperturbable

Marked by extreme calm, impassivity and steadiness

We were in awe of the teacher's ability to remain imperturbable while chaos erupted in the classroom; even with 20 kindergarteners running amuck, she managed to stay calm

3

Impetuous

Hastily or rashly energetic; impulsive and vehement

John's impetuous nature kept him from planning anything in advance, but somehow everything always seemed to work out in the end

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Implacable

Not capable of being appeased or significantly changed

Her anger over her partner's betrayal was implacable; nothing anyone said or did would appease her

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Importune

To ask incessantly, beg, nag

Kerry's constant importuning for time off worked in a way; he had plenty of time off once he was fired for nagging his boss about a vacation

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Impudent

Shamelessly bold; insolent, impertinent

John's impudent personality on stage enthralled his fans; unfortunately it also alienated his fellow band members

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Impugn

Attack or assail verbally, censure, execrate, deny

The candidate's attempt to impugn his opponent's voting record backfired when it merely brought to light his own poor attendance record

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Impunity

Immunity from punishment, penalty, or harm

Barry the bully was able to terrorize the schoolyard with impunity because he was always able to look completely innocent whenever any authority figures were around

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Impute

To attribute to a cause or source, ascribe, assign as a characteristic

The mechanic imputed my car's failure to start to the absence of any gasoline in the tank

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Impecunious

Lacking funds; without money

The impecunious actor was so desperate for money that he had to sacrifice his artistic principles and work as a mime for a few months