a Japanese style of motion-picture animation, characterized by highly stylized, colorful art, futuristic settings, violence, and sexuality.

1985–90; < Japanese, borrowing of English animation Unabridged
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anime (ˈænɪˌmeɪ)
a type of Japanese animated film with themes and styles similar to manga comics
[C20: from Japanese]

animé1 (ˈænɪˌmeɪ, -mɪ)
any of various resins, esp that obtained from the tropical American leguminous tree Hymenaea courbaril
[French: of uncertain origin]

animé2 (ˈænɪˌmeɪ)
adj, —adv
music the French word for animato

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Main Entry:  anime
Part of Speech:  n
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Word Origin & History

c.1985, Japanese for "animation," a term that seems to have arisen in the 1970s, apparently based on Fr. l'animé, from the same root as animate. Manga (q.v.) is Japanese for "comic book, graphic novel," but anime largely are based on manga
and until 1970s, anime were known in Japan as manga eiga or "TV manga." The two terms are somewhat confused in Eng.
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Example sentences
In less than a decade, anime has gone from cult chic to mainstream acceptance.
But when it comes to creating derivative works, the commercial comic and anime
  companies look the other way.
As in many other anime features, the story is at once fairy-tale simple and
  epically convoluted.
It's a rare chance to watch the series that started the artistic explosion that
  became anime.
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