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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"). Meaning "vitality, appearance of activity or life" is from 1610s (the sense in suspended animation). Cinematographic sense, "production of moving cartoon pictures" is from 1912.

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Definitions of animation from WordNet

animation (n.)
the condition of living or the state of being alive;
Synonyms: life / living / aliveness
animation (n.)
the property of being able to survive and grow;
Synonyms: vitality
animation (n.)
quality of being active or spirited or alive and vigorous;
Synonyms: spiritedness / invigoration / brio / vivification
animation (n.)
the activity of giving vitality and vigour to something;
Synonyms: vivification / invigoration
animation (n.)
the making of animated cartoons;
animation (n.)
general activity and motion;
Synonyms: liveliness
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