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ออกเสียง Immanent = ‘IM-uh-nuhnt’
ออกเสียง imminent = ‘IM-uh-nuhnt’
Dictionary of Problem Words and Expression
Immanent & imminent
Immanent is a rarely used word meaning
“remaining within” “indwelling”
“Some people believe that God is Immanent in everything.”
“The Immanent and controlling force of logic is reason.”
Imminent, which means
“likely to occur now or soon,”
is further discussed under EMINENT.
SYNONYM STUDY FOR IMMINENT
Imminent, Impending, Threatening
all may carry the implication of menace, misfortune, disaster,
but they do so in differing degrees.
Imminent may portend evil:
an imminent catastrophe,
but also may mean simply “about to happen”:
The merger is imminent.
Impending has a weaker sense
of immediacy and threat than imminent:
Real tax relief legislation is impending,
but it too may be used in situations portending disaster:
impending social upheaval;
to dread the impending investigation.
Threatening almost always suggests
ominous warning and menace:
a threatening sky just before the tornado struck.
On Imminent and Eminent
Imminent bears a close resemblance to eminent,
and native English-speakers can be excused if
they sometimes have to check their spelling.
No surprise, really, since the two,
despite their very distinct meanings,
come from near-identical sources.
The Latin minēre means basically
“to project, overhang,” and it forms the root
of other Latin words.
One added the prefix e-, meaning “out from,”
to produce eminēre, “to stand out”;
another took the prefix im-, meaning “upon,”
and became imminēre, “to project.”
The difference between “stand out”
and “project” is obviously small.
Still, even when eminent and imminent first appeared
as English words in the 15th and 16th centuries respectively,
they were clearly distinct in meaning,
imminent’s prefix having strengthened
the “overhang” sense of minēre to give the word
its frequent suggestion of looming threat.
Rounding out the feel-good words of the week
was imminent, following spirited discussion about
whether or not the killing of Soleimani
had been prompted by Iran posing an imminent
threat to the United States
Imminent came into English in the early 16th century,
from the Latin imminēre (“to project, threaten”),
and is defined as “ready to take place; happening soon.”
It is occasionally found confused with eminent
(“exhibiting eminence especially in standing above
others in some quality or position“), which makes
people who care about usage wax wroth.