ex·​an·​i·​mate eg-ˈza-nə-mət How to pronounce exanimate (audio)
: lacking animation : spiritless
: being or appearing lifeless

Word History


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

First Known Use

circa 1534, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
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 22 Apr. 2024.

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