This is part of the dif­fer­ence between series.

I’ve heard some peo­ple con­fus­ing the words immi­nent and emi­nent. Here’s the dif­fer­ence between the two.


Immi­nent refers to some­thing that is about to hap­pen.

  • This joke is get­ting long; I hope the punch­line is immi­nent.
  • The hur­ri­cane is near­ly here. I hope we’re ready for its immi­nent destruc­tion.


Emi­nent, on the oth­er hand, refers to some­one or some­thing famous or well respect­ed.

  • She is the world’s emi­nent his­to­ri­an in the field of post-Renais­sance Dan­ish cas­tle build­ing.
  • The pres­i­dent elect is an emi­nent busi­ness per­son.

Which words do you con­fuse? Let me know in the com­ments below.

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About Kim Siever

I am a copy­writer and copy­ed­i­tor. I blog on writ­ing and social media tips most­ly, but I some­times throw in my thoughts about run­ning a small busi­ness. Fol­low me on Twit­ter at @hotpepper.

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