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imminence

[im-uh-nuh ns]
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noun
  1. Also im·mi·nen·cy. the state or condition of being imminent or impending: the imminence of war.
  2. something that is imminent, especially an impending evil or danger.

Origin of imminence

From the Late Latin word imminentia, dating back to 1600–10. See imminent, -ence
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  • Dim indeed was the light, but his sight was keen, and quickened by the imminence of danger.

    The Tavern Knight

    Rafael Sabatini

  • "Not now," she cried, finding voice and word in the imminence of the peril.

    Sir Henry Morgan, Buccaneer

    Cyrus Townsend Brady

  • Yes,” said she, brightening at the imminence of victory, “and she says she thinks it will be just the thing.

    The Harbor of Doubt

    Frank Williams

  • His insides writhed with helplessness and the imminence of a crash.

    The Stars, My Brothers

    Edmond Hamilton

  • There was in the air an imminence of incident, acid and barbed.


Word Origin and History for imminence

n.

c.1600, from Late Latin imminentia, from Latin imminentem (see imminent).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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