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Friday, August 17, 2007

IMPERIOUS: "Having or showing arrogant superiority to and disdain of those one views as unworthy"

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Imperio (The Imperius Curse)

Pronunciation: /ɪm'pɪə.ɹio/

Description: Causes the recipient of the curse to do whatever the caster says.

This curse places the subject in a trance or dream-like state, and leaves him or her subject to total control by the caster. The experience of being controlled by this curse is described as a complete, wonderful release from any sense of responsibility or worry over one's actions, at the price of one's free will.

Imperare is Latin for "to order, command", and is the root of several modern English words. Imperium means "command" or "domain", and imperio means (among other things) "with authority". (Compare to impero, "I command", and to crucio above.) Imperius is not, however, a Latin word.
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