The UVic Writer's Guide

Eminent/ Imminent / Immanent

Eminent is a synonym for "distinguished," e.g. "the eminent psychiatrist Dr. Frasier Crane."

Imminent is a more concise way of saying "about to happen," e.g. "The imminent destruction of the planet Earth."

Immanent is a spiritual term which means "residing within," or "inherent."

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