imminent

Something that is imminent is just about to happen: if you light a firecracker and then stick it down your pants, a very bad situation is imminent.

Imminent is from Latin imminere, "to overhang," and to say that something is imminent is to say that it is hanging over you and about to fall, in a metaphorical way. If you take your mom’s car and drive it into the mailbox, getting grounded is imminent. You don’t want that hanging over your head!

Definitions of imminent
  1. adjective
    close in time; about to occur
    “in imminent danger”
    synonyms: at hand, close at hand, impendent, impending
    close
    at or within a short distance in space or time or having elements near each other
Commonly confused words

eminent / imminent / immanent

No, it's not the name of the latest rapper from Detroit, but it could describe one — eminent describes anyone who's famous. Imminent refers to something about to happen. And anything immanent (with an "a" in there) is inherent, like that good attitude you were born with.

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