[eg-zan-uh-mit, -meyt, ek-san-]


inanimate or lifeless.
spiritless; disheartened.

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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rare lacking life; inanimate
Derived Formsexanimation, noun

Word Origin for exanimate

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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