eminent vs lofty what difference

what is difference between eminent and lofty

English

Etymology

From Middle French éminent, from Latin present participle ēminēns, ēminentis, from verb ēmineō (I project, I protrude), from ex- (out of, from) + mineō, related to mons (English mount). Compare with imminent. Unrelated to emanate, which is instead from mānō (I flow).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈɛmɪnənt/

Adjective

eminent (comparative more eminent, superlative most eminent)

  1. (archaic) high, lofty.
    Synonyms: towering, prominent; see also Thesaurus:tall
  2. noteworthy, remarkable, great.
    Synonyms: remarkable, outstanding; see also Thesaurus:notable
  3. (of a person) distinguished, important, noteworthy.
    Synonyms: distinguished, noteworthy; see also Thesaurus:notable

Usage notes

Eminent and imminent are very similar sounds, and are weak rhymes; in some dialects, these may be confused. A typo of either word may result in a correction to the wrong word by spellchecking software. Eminent may also be confused with immanent, immanant, or emanate.

Derived terms

  • eminence
  • eminent domain
  • eminently
  • preeminent

Related terms

  • imminent
  • prominent

Translations

Further reading

  • eminent in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
  • eminent in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
  • eminent at OneLook Dictionary Search

Anagrams

  • T’ien-men, T’ien-mên, tinemen

Catalan

Etymology

From Latin ēminēns.

Adjective

eminent (masculine and feminine plural eminents)

  1. eminent

Derived terms

  • eminentment

Related terms

  • eminència

Further reading

  • “eminent” in Diccionari de la llengua catalana, segona edició, Institut d’Estudis Catalans.
  • “eminent” in Gran Diccionari de la Llengua Catalana, Grup Enciclopèdia Catalana.
  • “eminent” in Diccionari normatiu valencià, Acadèmia Valenciana de la Llengua.
  • “eminent” in Diccionari català-valencià-balear, Antoni Maria Alcover and Francesc de Borja Moll, 1962.

German

Etymology

From French éminent, from Latin eminens.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): [emiˈnɛnt]
  • Hyphenation: emi‧nent

Adjective

eminent (comparative eminenter, superlative am eminentesten)

  1. eminent

Declension

Further reading

  • “eminent” in Duden online

Latin

Verb

ēminent

  1. third-person plural present active indicative of ēmineō

Norwegian Bokmål

Adjective

eminent (indefinite singular eminent, definite singular and plural eminente)

  1. eminent

Norwegian Nynorsk

Adjective

eminent (indefinite singular eminent, definite singular and plural eminente)

  1. eminent

Romanian

Etymology

From French éminent, from Latin eminens.

Adjective

eminent m or n (feminine singular eminentă, masculine plural eminenți, feminine and neuter plural eminente)

  1. notable

Declension



English

Etymology

From Middle English lofty, lofti, lofte (of high rank; noble; ornate), equivalent to loft +‎ -y; see loft (sky, firmament; upper room).

Pronunciation

  • (Received Pronunciation) enPR: lŏftʹi, IPA(key): /ˈlɒfti/
  • (General American) enPR: lôftʹi, IPA(key): /ˈlɔːfti/
  • (cotcaught merger, Canada) enPR: lŏftʹi, IPA(key): /ˈlɑfti/
  • Rhymes: -ɒfti, -ɔːfti

Adjective

lofty (comparative loftier, superlative loftiest)

  1. high, tall, having great height or stature
    • 1885, Richard F. Burton, The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night, Night 551:
      When the night was half spent, I rose and walked on, till the day broke in all its beauty and the sun rose over the heads of the lofty hills and athwart the low gravelly plains.
  2. idealistic, implying over-optimism
    a lofty goal
    • 2013, Delme Parfitt in Wales Online, Cardiff City 1 – 0 Swansea City: Steven Caulker heads Bluebirds to South Wales derby win (3 November 2013)
      A goal from Steven Caulker, just after the hour mark, was enough to hand victory to Malky Mackay’s men, with Swansea falling some way short of the lofty standards they have set previously at this level.
  3. extremely proud; arrogant; haughty
    • F. Harrison
      that lofty pity with which prosperous folk are apt to remember their grandfathers

Synonyms

  • (having great height or stature): noble, honorable

Antonyms

  • (having great height or stature): mean, ignoble
  • (idealistic): familiar, vulgar

Derived terms

  • Mount Lofty

Related terms

  • loft
  • aloft

Translations


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