Origin of inanimate
Examples from the Web for inanimate
She has been reduced to porter, to Sherpa, to something even less–some inanimate bit of set decoration.
“Thank God for my computer,” says the star, who often films personal “video diaries” with her inanimate friend.Six Things We Learned From the Beyoncé Documentary|Anna Klassen|February 16, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Firearms, after all, are inanimate objects, incapable of inflicting harm on their own initiative.Angry Gun-Control Debate Does Damage to Both the Right and the Left|Michael Medved|January 23, 2013|DAILY BEAST
And Lara Stone's baby will not be named after a fruit or some other inanimate object.One Direction Is Launching Perfume; Kate Middleton Plays Hockey In Heels|The Fashion Beast Team|November 30, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Libra Born under the only inanimate sign symbol—the Scales—you can be said to quell your very human emotions.
Meanwhile, low and imperfect sounds, that had in them more of inanimate than human, assailed her ear.Ormond, Volume III (of 3)|Charles Brockden Brown
If inanimate nature, such as trees or grass, can express sorrow.Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Literature|Ontario Ministry of Education
It is, then, that by which the animate differs from the inanimate.Five Stages of Greek Religion|Gilbert Murray
At verse 39 attention is turned from inanimate nature to the living creatures for which God provides.Expositor's Bible: The Book of Job|Robert Watson
It is usually awkward and slightly illogical to attribute possession to inanimate objects.The Century Handbook of Writing|Garland Greever
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)).