exanimate

adjective
ex·​an·​i·​mate | \ eg-ˈza-nə-mət How to pronounce exanimate (audio) \

Definition of exanimate

1 : lacking animation : spiritless
2 : being or appearing lifeless

First Known Use of exanimate

circa 1534, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for exanimate

Latin exanimatus, past participle of exanimare to deprive of life or spirit, from ex- + anima breath, soul — more at animate

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The first known use of exanimate was circa 1534

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“Exanimate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exanimate. Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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