Eminent vs. Imminent

Eminent vs. Imminent

Eminent and imminent sound the same, but their meanings are completely different.

Eminent (adjective) refers to

1. a state of high regard, respect, or importance, also

2. something clearly present that stands out in a particular, mainly positive, way.

Examples:

1. "Your eminence, thank you for this most amazing evening." <-spoken to royalty

2. "Her humbleness stands out in the most eminent way among her peers."

Imminent (adjective) refers to something about to happen very soon.

Examples:

1. "We all believed we were in imminent danger after smelling smoke."

2. "After that behavior, the child's punishment was imminent."

Let's use both eminent and imminent together in a sentence:

"After several years of hard practice and work, the time for this dancer's eminence to shine was imminent."

Circle the Correct Answer:

1. We were in imminent / eminent need of help.

2. His eminence / imminent as a singer will forever be burned into the history of jazz.

Answers: imminent, eminence

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