Inanimate vs Dismal - What's the difference?

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Inanimate is a related term of dismal.

As adjectives the difference between inanimate and dismal

is that inanimate is lacking the quality or ability of motion; as an inanimate object while dismal is disappointingly inadequate.

As a noun inanimate

is something that is not alive.

As a verb inanimate

is (obsolete) to animate .




(en adjective)
  • Lacking the quality or ability of motion; as an inanimate object .
  • Not being, and never having been alive.
  • * {{quote-book
  • , year=1818 , author=Mary Shelley , title=Frankenstein , chapter=5 citation , passage=I had worked hard for nearly two years, for the sole purpose of infusing life into an inanimate body.}}
  • (grammar) Not animate.
  • Antonyms

    * (grammar) animate


    (en noun)
  • Something that is not alive.
  • Verb

  • (obsolete) To animate.
  • (John Donne)




    (en adjective)
  • Disappointingly inadequate.
  • * {{quote-news, year=2012, date=April 22, author=Sam Sheringham, work=BBC Sport
  • , title= Liverpool 0-1 West Brom , passage=Liverpool's efforts thereafter had an air of desperation as their dismal 2012 league form continued.}}
  • Gloomy and bleak.
  • Depressing.
  • *, chapter=12
  • , title= Mr. Pratt's Patients , passage=So, after a spell, he decided to make the best of it and shoved us into the front parlor. 'Twas a dismal sort of place, with hair wreaths, and wax fruit, and tin lambrekins, and land knows what all. It looked like a tomb and smelt pretty nigh as musty and dead-and-gone.}}

    Usage notes

    * Nouns to which "dismal" is often applied: failure, performance, state, record, place, result, scene, season, year, economy, future, fate, weather, news, condition, history.


    * See also

    Derived terms

    * dismal science