Antonyms of animate:
blunt, dead, deaden, inanimate, insensate, insentient, nonliving, nonconscious, non-living, defunct, dull, lifeless, deceased, dispirited, spiritless, indolent, lazy, unambitious, inert, lethargic, sleepy, sluggish, tired, torpid, weary, apathetic, impassive, phlegmatic, stolid, boring, irksome, tedious, inactive, lackadaisical, languid, languishing, languorous, leaden, limp, listless, vapid, dying, fading, moribund, stillborn, reposing, resting, ghostlike, ghostly, ghosty, zombielike, absent, extinct, fallen, finished, gone, lapsed, lost, nonexistent, perished, terminated, vanished, wiped out, barren, desert, asleep, breathless, cold, departed, expired.
Examples of usage:
  1. Such is the spirit which should animate all our order, and we should triumph, in the name of our Lord, against all opposition which frail man can offer.
    "The Prime Minister", W.H.G. Kingston.
  2. He is full of pity and tenderness and enfolds in his heart and in his poetry, saint and sinner, man and beast, all that which is animate and inanimate.
    "Romance of the Rabbit", Francis Jammes.
  3. Love is with us a science and an art; It long ago since ceased to animate the heart.
    "Love's Comedy", Henrik Ibsen.