While the words "eminent" and "imminent" sound similar, they have very different meanings. Eminent refers to prominent and distinguished people whereas imminent refers to something that is about to occur.
Eminent vs Imminent Usage
If you mean 'famous' or 'superior,' use the word eminent; if you mean 'impending, about to happen' that is imminent; and if you mean 'present, inherent,' use the word immanent.
Examples of eminent vs imminent
- The White House state dinner hosted a gathering of eminent personalities from various countries.
- When America dropped the atomic bomb on Nagasaki, the Allies realized that victory was imminent.