Speak Your Mind: Anim

Learn these words derived from the Latin root anim, which has many meanings, including "breath," "mind," "spirit," and "courage."

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  1. animadversion
    harsh criticism or disapproval
    "The Augsburgh Gazettes" were, therefore, bought up at an immense expense, to save the character of this prince from public animadversion, and consequent contempt and hatred.Hamilton, Lady Anne
  2. animadvert
    express blame or censure or make a harshly critical remark
    If Punch grows extravagant, I shall reprimand him very freely: If the Stage becomes a Nursery of Folly and Impertinence, I shall not be afraid to animadvert upon it.Rhys, Ernest
  3. animate
    give the appearance of life or movement
    The artificial life force animating them seemed to fail if pressed too far...at least in some of them.Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
  4. animated
    having life or vigor or spirit
    The jostling ghosts were animated and eager, their eyes shining and their cheeks warm, as if they were borrowing life from the travelers.The Amber Spyglass
  5. animation
    making cartoons to appear to move as living creatures do
    “Enter the Anime” with this documentary that explores the sci-fi and fantasy worlds of Japanese animation.Los Angeles Times (Aug 2, 2019)
  6. animatronics
    the construction of robots to look like animals
    With a crew of about 35, he brought the creatures to life using animated mechanical creatures, or animatronics, as well as puppetry.Wall Street Journal (Jun 13, 2018)
  7. animism
    the doctrine that all natural objects have souls
    Jeanty herself is a strong believer in animism, the concept that natural objects, phenomena, and the universe itself possess souls.Salon (Mar 9, 2013)
  8. animosity
    a feeling of ill will arousing active hostility
    So profound is the animosity that shelling thundered on during the peace talks and in the days after a deal was reached.Washington Post (Dec 20, 2018)
  9. animus
    a feeling of ill will arousing active hostility
    The phrase “sibling rivalry” is hardly adequate to describe the animus between J R and Colin, whose interaction consists of almost nonstop sniping, undermining and other forms of verbal abuse.New York Times (May 17, 2012)
  10. equanimity
    steadiness of mind under stress
    What this rich life taught him was a kind of inner peace, an equanimity reflecting the robust wisdom known as Stoicism.Time (Aug 20, 2014)
  11. equanimous
    calm in mind or temper; in full control of one's faculties
    He appears equanimous and elegant, sitting in a back room of the Theatre Royal Bath, bearing the mildly aristocratic air of a gentleman farmer.The Guardian (Jul 30, 2019)
  12. inanimate
    not endowed with life
    Telling whether a human being is genuine is hard enough; it’s even more difficult when it’s an inanimate object like a building.Slate (May 3, 2019)
  13. magnanimity
    nobility and generosity of spirit
    The wartime leader wrote "In victory, magnanimity" in his book about World War Two to refer to the need for winners of a conflict to show grace.BBC (Oct 8, 2018)
  14. magnanimous
    noble and generous in spirit
    Payton plays Ezekiel as a kind king with a magnanimous spirit that endears him to his many subjects.New York Times (Nov 5, 2017)
  15. pusillanimous
    lacking in courage, strength, and resolution
    You're entirely as pusillanimous and deceitful as the politicians you describe.Time (Apr 17, 2013)
  16. unanimous
    in complete agreement
    By unanimous vote, my brothers and I retired the Fentress Firefly Prize at bedtime, declaring the season of 1899 officially over.The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate
Created on July 1, 2019 (updated August 5, 2019)

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