1. [syn: at hand(p), close at hand(p), imminent, impendent, impending]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Imminent \Im"mi*nent\, a. [L. imminens, p. pr. of imminere to
project; pref. im- in + minere (in comp.) to jut, project.
1. Threatening to occur immediately; near at hand; impending;
-- said especially of misfortune or peril. "In danger
2. Full of danger; threatening; menacing; perilous.
Hairbreadth scapes i' the imminent deadly breach.
3. (With upon) Bent upon; attentive to. [R.]
Their eyes ever imminent upon worldly matters.
Syn: Impending; threatening; near; at hand.
Usage: Imminent, Impending, Threatening. Imminent is
the strongest: it denotes that something is ready to
fall or happen on the instant; as, in imminent danger
of one's life. Impending denotes that something hangs
suspended over us, and may so remain indefinitely; as,
the impending evils of war. Threatening supposes some
danger in prospect, but more remote; as, threatening
indications for the future.
Three times to-day
You have defended me from imminent death.
No story I unfold of public woes,
Nor bear advices of impending foes. --Pope.
Fierce faces threatening war. --Milton.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: close in time; about to occur; "retribution is at hand";
"some people believe the day of judgment is close at
hand"; "in imminent danger"; "his impending retirement"
[syn: at hand(p), close at hand(p), imminent,
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
108 Moby Thesaurus words for "imminent":
about to be, abusive, advancing, alarming, already in sight,
anticipated, approaching, approximate, approximative, at hand,
attracted to, awaited, bludgeoning, blustering, brewing,
browbeating, bulldozing, bullying, close, close at hand, coming,
comminatory, denunciatory, desired, destinal, destined, determined,
drawn to, due, emergent, eventual, expected, extrapolated, fatal,
fated, fatidic, fear-inspiring, foreboding, foreseen, forthcoming,
future, futuristic, gathering, going to happen, hectoring,
hereafter, hoped-for, immediate, impendent, impending,
in danger imminent, in prospect, in reserve, in store,
in the cards, in the offing, in the wind, in view, ineluctable,
inescapable, inevasible, inevitable, instant, intimidating, later,
likely, long-expected, looming, lowering, lurking, menacing,
minacious, minatory, momentary, near, near at hand, nearing, nigh,
ominous, on the horizon, oncoming, overdue, overhanging, pending,
planned, plotted, possible, predicted, preparing, presumed,
probable, projected, promised, prophesied, prospective, proximate,
sinister, terroristic, terrorizing, that will be, threatening,
threatful, to come, to-be, ultimate, unavoidable, upcoming,