animation (n.)

1590s, "action of imparting life" (a sense now obsolete), from Latin animationem (nominative animatio) "an animating," noun of action from past-participle stem of animare "give breath to," also "to endow with a particular spirit, to give courage to, enliven," from anima "life, breath" (from PIE root *ane- "to breathe").

The meaning "vitality, appearance of activity or life" is from 1610s (the sense in suspended animation, for which see suspended). The cinematographic sense, "production of moving cartoon pictures" is from 1912.

updated on September 22, 2022