Inanimation



[in-an-uh-mit] /ɪnˈæn ə mɪt/

adjective
1.
not animate; lifeless.
2.
spiritless; sluggish; dull.
3.
Linguistics. belonging to a syntactic category or having a semantic feature that is characteristic of words denoting objects, concepts, and beings regarded as lacking perception and volition (opposed to ).
/ɪnˈænɪmɪt/
adjective
1.
lacking the qualities or features of living beings; not animate: inanimate objects
2.
lacking any sign of life or consciousness; appearing dead
3.
lacking vitality; spiritless; dull
adj.

early 15c., from Late Latin inanimatus “lifeless,” from in- “not” (see in- (1)) + animatus (see animation). The same word in 17c. also was a verb meaning “to infuse with life,” from the other in- (see in- (2)).

inanimate in·an·i·mate (ĭn-ān’ə-mĭt)
adj.
Not having the qualities associated with active, living organisms; not animate.
in·an’i·mate·ness n.

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