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Meaning of imperium

im•pe•ri•um

Pronunciation: (im-pēr'ē-um), [key]
— pl. -pe•ri•a -pe•ri•ums.
  1. command; supreme power.
  2. area of dominion; sphere of control or monopoly; empire.
  3. a nation having or exerting supreme power; superpower.
  4. the right to command the force of the state in order to enforce the law.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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