Animate vs Mercurial - What's the difference?

animate | mercurial |

As a verb animate

is .

As a noun mercurial is

(obsolete) any of the plants known as mercury.

As an adjective mercurial is

(often capitalized, see (mercurial)) pertaining to the planet mercury.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?




(en adjective)
  • That which lives.
  • Possessing the quality or ability of motion.
  • Dynamic, energetic.
  • She is an engaging and animate speaker.
  • (grammar, of a noun or pronoun) Having a referent that includes a human or animal.
  • Nouns can be singular or plural, and one of two genders, animate or inanimate.
  • (grammar) Inflected to agree with an animate noun or pronoun.
  • Synonyms

    (synonyms) * (that lives) alive, live, living * (possessing the quality or ability of motion) * (dynamic) active, dynamic, energetic


    (antonyms) * (living) inanimate * (possessing the quality or ability of motion) fixed, immobile, static, stationary, still * (dynamic) static * (sense) inanimate


  • To impart motion or the appearance of motion to.
  • If we animate the model, we can see the complexity of the action.
  • To give spirit or vigour to; to stimulate or enliven; to inspirit.
  • * Knolles
  • The more to animate the people, he stood on high and cried unto them with a loud voice.


    * * English heteronyms ----




    (en noun)
  • (obsolete) Any of the plants known as mercury.
  • (astrology) Someone born under the influence of Mercury.
  • Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • (often capitalized, see (Mercurial)) Pertaining to the planet Mercury.
  • (often capitalized, see (Mercurial)) Pertaining to the Roman god Mercury, the god of trade; hence, money-making; crafty..
  • * J. Q. Adams
  • the mercurial wand of commerce
  • (astrology) Born under the influence of the planet Mercury, and having such characteristics.
  • Of, or pertaining to the element mercury; containing mercury; caused by the action of mercury or quicksilver.
  • Having a volatile or lively character; quick-witted, changeable, animated.
  • * 1723 , Charles Walker, Memoirs of Sally Salisbury , I:
  • From the natural Mercurial Briskness of her Temper, a sedentary Life had ever been her Aversion [...].

    Derived terms

    * mercurial eczema * mercurial glossitis * mercurial ointment * mercurial phosphorus * mercurial pneumatic trough * mercurial rash * mercurial trough * mercurialisation, mercurialization * mercurialise, mercurialize * mercurialism * mercurialist * mercuriality * mercurially * organomercurial