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The adjective eminent means prominent or outstanding. Imminent means impending, about to occur.

Examples:

  • Charles Dodgson (better known by his pen name, Lewis Carroll) was an eminent mathematician.

  • "Personal disintegration remains always an imminent danger." (Christopher Lasch)

Practice:

(a) Christmas Humphreys followed closely in the footsteps of his _____ father and eventually became a judge at the Old Bailey.

(b) The death of conventional newspapers appears to be _____.

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