animate being

  1. a living organism characterized by voluntary movement
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  • What makes this almost parodic is the self-conscious whimsy that conjoins animate and inanimate in a gesture of closeness conventionally reserved for animate beings alone, an archness that often cloys in Hunt but that points to a more serious scrambling of subjects and objects in bibliophilic writing generally, where books repeatedly turn into quasi-subjects and persons into quasi-objects. Bibliographic Romance: Bibliophilia and the Book Object
  • Voice is abusively attributed to irrational and inanimate beings; thus we improperly call the neighing of horses or any other sound by the name of voice. Essays and Miscellanies
  • This is a valid point, Karenne, and is supported by proponents of “cognitive grammar” who argue that there are fairly universal ways of thinking about things, e.g. that animate beings can affect inanimate objects, and that grammar is mostly easily learned and applied when it maps on to these cognitive schemata, as in The boy kicked the ball. E is for Error « An A-Z of ELT
  • Zen also builds, however, on the East Asian, especially the Taoist, naturalist view that ultimate reality is manifested in each and every concrete phenomenon, including animate and inanimate beings.
  • we are animate beings
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