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imminent
adj. near at hand/; impending


the deadline was imminent
immolate
v. offer as a sacrifice


the king offered to immolate his daughter to quiet the angry gods
immure
v. imprison; shut up in confinement


the student immured himself in his room to prepare for hte test
immutable
adj. unchangeable


nothing is immutable
impale
v. pierce


he was impaled by the spear
impassable
adj. not able to be traveled or crossed
impasse
n. predicament from which there is no escape

In this impasse, all turned to prayer as their last hope
impassive
adj. w/o feeling; imperturbable; stoical


the prisoner kept his face impassive
impeach
v. charge w/ crime in office; indict


impeach the president
impeccable
adj. faultless

Princess diana had impeccable taste
impecunious
adj. w/o money


he was too impecunious to give alms
impediment
n. hindrance; stumbling-block

speech impediment
impel
v. drive or force onward

a strong feeling of urgency impelled her
impending
adj. nearing; approaching

news of his impending death
impenitent
adj. not repentant


We could see by his brazen (shameless or impudent) attitude that he was impenitent
imperceptible
adj. unnoticeable; undetectable


the stain will be imperceptible after i wash it
imperial
adj. like an emperor; related to an empire
imperious
adj. domineering; haughty (disdainfully proud; snobbish; scornfully arrogant; supercilious)


the guy was imperious
impertinent
adj. insolent; rude


his impertinent curiosity into my personal business vexed me
imperturbable
adj. calm; placid
impervious
adj. impenetrable; incapable of being damaged or distressed

this carpet is impervious to ordinary wear
impetuous
adj. violent; hasty; rash


impetuous man
impetus
n. moving force; incentive; stimulus

This project will create jobs, giving added impetus to our economic recovery
implacable
adj. incapable of being pacified


implacable enemy
implicate
v. incriminate; show to be involved

implicate your partners in crime and the judge will go easy in sentencing you
implore
v. beg

he implored her to give him a second chance
impolitic
adj. not wise


It's impolitic to ask your parents for money when they're in a bad mood
imponderable
adj. weightless

such imponderable human factors as aesthetic sensibility
import
n. significance


i dont' think you grasp the full import of the msg sent to us by the enemy
importunate
adj. urging; demanding


importunate demands from the children for attention
importune
v. beg persistently

her daughter importuned her for more money
imposture
n. assuming a false identity; masquerade


She was imprisoned for her imposture of a doctor
impotent
adj. weak; ineffective

he found himself impotent in resisting the craving for a cig
imprecation
n. curse


He muttered imprecations under his breath
impregnable
adj. invulnerable


the fort was impregnable
impropriety
n. improperness; unsuitableness

impropriety of the punk rocker's slash t-shirt at the gala
improvident
adj. thriftless


if you don't mend your improvident ways, you'll be broke soon
imprudent
adj. lacking caution; injudicious


It's imprudent to exercise vigorously when you're feelin unwell
impudence
n. impertinence; insolence ; offensive boldness


the impudent man grabbed her ass
impugn
v. dispute or contradict (often in an insulting way); challenge; gainsay

impugn a political opponent's record.
impuissance
n. powerlessness; feebleness


shift from power to impuissance
impunity
n. freedom from punishment or harm

you can't attack the wrestler w/ impunity
impute
v. attribute; ascribe


impute blame to the high school boys
inadvertantly
adv. unintentionally; by oversight; carelessly


she inadvertantly omitted a question on the exam
inalienable
adj. not to be taken away; nontransferable

your rights are inalienable
inane
adj.l silly; senseless


why do u make such inane remarks?
inanimate
adj. lifeless


the inanimate body
inarticulate
adj. speechless; producing indistinct speech

she became inarticulate w/ rage and uttered sounds w/o meaning
inaugurate
v. begin formally; install in office
incandescent
adj. strikingly bright; shinging w/ intense heat


incandescent light bulb
incantation
n. singing or chanting of magic spells; magical formula

the witch doctor uttered incantations
incapacitate
v. disable

during the winter, many pple are incapacitated by respiratory ailments
incarcerate
v. imprison
incarnate
adj. endowed w/ flesh; personified

you must be the devil incarnate
incarnation
n. act of assuming a human body and human nature

the incarnation of Jesus Christ is a basic tenet of Christian theology
incendiary
n. arsonist (The crime of maliciously, voluntarily, and willfully setting fire to the building or another person's property)
incense
v. enrage; infuriate


cruelty to animals incense Anita
inception
n. start; beginning


She was involved with the project from its inception