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.


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.


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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