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inanimate - vocabulary

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Lacking the qualities associated with living organisms; sluggish, dull.

“Do you call that happiness—the ownership of human beings?” cried Miss Stackpole. “He owns his tenants, and he has thousands of them. It is pleasant to own something, but inanimate objects are enough for me. I don’t insist on flesh and blood, and minds and consciences.”

—Henry James The Portrait of a Lady (1908)

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