[syn: liveliness, animation]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Animation \An`i*ma"tion\, n. [L. animatio, fr. animare.]
1. The act of animating, or giving life or spirit; the state
of being animate or alive.
The animation of the same soul quickening the whole
frame. --Bp. Hall.
Perhaps an inanimate thing supplies me, while I am
speaking, with whatever I possess of animation.
2. The state of being lively, brisk, or full of spirit and
vigor; vivacity; spiritedness; as, he recited the story
with great animation.
Suspended animation, temporary suspension of the vital
functions, as in persons nearly drowned.
Syn: Liveliness; vivacity; spirit; buoyancy; airiness;
sprightliness; promptitude; enthusiasm; ardor;
earnestness; energy. See Liveliness.
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
148 Moby Thesaurus words for "animation":
activity, actuation, afflatus, aggravation, agitation, alacrity,
animal spirits, animate existence, animating spirit, animus,
anxiety, anxiousness, appetite, ardency, ardor, arousal, arousing,
avidity, avidness, being alive, birth, breathless impatience,
breeziness, brio, briskness, bubbliness, capersomeness,
cheerful readiness, coltishness, dash, direction, divine afflatus,
dynamism, eagerness, ebullience, effervescence, elan,
electrification, energizing, energy, enlivening, enlivenment,
enthusiasm, esprit, exacerbation, exasperation, excitation,
excitement, exhilaration, existence, exuberance, fervor, fire,
firing, fomentation, forwardness, friskiness, frolicsomeness,
gaiety, galvanization, gamesomeness, gayness, genius, glow, gust,
gusto, having life, heartiness, immortality, impatience,
impetuosity, impetus, incitement, infection, inflammation,
influence, infuriation, infusion, inner-direction, inspiration,
intensity, invigoration, irritation, joie de vivre, keen desire,
keenness, lathering up, life, lifetime, liveliness, living,
long life, longevity, lustiness, mettle, motivation, moving,
moving spirit, moxie, oomph, other-direction, pep, peppiness,
perkiness, pertness, perturbation, piss and vinegar, pizzazz,
playfulness, prompting, promptness, provocation, quickening,
quickness, readiness, revitalization, revival, robustness,
rollicksomeness, rompishness, skittishness, spirit, spiritedness,
spirits, sportiveness, sprightliness, spriteliness, steaming up,
stimulation, stimulus, stirring, stirring up, verve, viability,
vigor, vim, vitality, vitalization, vivaciousness, vivacity,
vivification, warmth, whipping up, working up, zest, zestfulness,