Word of the Day: Eminent and Imminent



em-i-nent  /  ĕm-ə-nənt




  1. famous and respected within a particular sphere or domain

Censure is the tax a man pays to the public for being eminent.

Jonathan Swift 1667-1745


  1. outstanding; worthy of notice

No student ever attains very eminent success by simply doing what is required of him; it is the amount and excellence of what is over and above the required, that determines the greatness of ultimate distinction.

Charles Kendall Adams, 1835 – 1902


  1. prominent or protruding

Out of the fertile ground he caused to grow

All trees of noblest kind for sight, smell, taste;

And all amid them stood the Tree of Life,

High eminent, blooming ambrosial fruit

Of vegetable gold

John Milton, 1608 – 1674





im-mi-nent  /  ĭm-ə-nənt




  1. impending, near at hand, about to happen

Epileptics know by signs when attacks are imminent and take precautions accordingly; we must do the same in regard to anger.

Seneca, c. 4 B.C. – 65 A.D.