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[eg-zan-uh-mit, -meyt, ek-san-]
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  1. inanimate or lifeless.
  2. spiritless; disheartened.
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Origin of exanimate

1525–35; < Latin exanimātus (past participle of exanimāre to deprive of life), equivalent to ex- ex-1 + anim(a) life, spirit + -ātus -ate1
Related formsex·an·i·ma·tion, noun
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Historical Examples

  • So long as I do not exanimate you with my letters, I remain content.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 105, September 2nd, 1893


  • Had it been downright misery she would have looked about her with less of her exanimate glassiness.

  • Thou shalt, when exanimate, be that which thou wert before thou wast animate.

    The City of God, Volume II

    Aurelius Augustine

  • The frozen lash was soon severed and the two exanimate bodies lifted in eager hands.

    The Promise

    James B. Hendryx

British Dictionary definitions for exanimate


  1. rare lacking life; inanimate
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Derived Formsexanimation, noun

Word Origin

C16: from Latin exanimāre to deprive of air, kill, from anima breath, spirit
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Word Origin and History for exanimate


1530s, from Latin exanimatus "lifeless, dead," past participle of exanimare "to deprive of air or breath; tire, fatigue; to deprive of life; to terrify," from ex- (see ex-) + animare (see animate).

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