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imminence

[im-uh-nuh ns] /ˈɪm ə nəns/
noun
1.
Also, imminency. 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
1600-1610
1600-10; < Late Latin imminentia. See imminent, -ence
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  • The alternative recourse is especially needed when the imminence of war requires a speedy reference, as in the Casablanca case.

  • Dim indeed was the light, but his sight was keen, and quickened by the imminence of danger.

    The Tavern Knight Rafael Sabatini
  • The imminence of the danger drove the Jolly Rovers into a helpless panic.

    Canoe Boys and Campfires William Murray Graydon
  • "Not now," she cried, finding voice and word in the imminence of the peril.

    Sir Henry Morgan, Buccaneer Cyrus Townsend Brady
  • Hence, perhaps, the imminence of the perils from which he had so narrowly escaped, hence the utterness of his present destitution.

    What Will He Do With It, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • At a glance the latter understood the extent and the imminence of their danger.

    Which? Ernest Daudet
  • The imminence of the peril had been such that, as we mutually recovered, I found a cold sweat bathing me.

    Bardelys the Magnificent Rafael Sabatini
  • She was aware of the imminence of her loss without deploring it.

    The Creators May Sinclair
  • His life, to him, was a mission to the unconverted to point out the imminence of death and its meaning.

Word Origin and History for imminence
n.

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

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