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afflatus

[uh-fley-tuh s] /əˈfleɪ təs/
noun
1.
inspiration; an impelling mental force acting from within.
2.
divine communication of knowledge.
Origin
1655-1665
1655-65; < Latin afflātus a breathing on, equivalent to af- af- + flā- (stem of flāre to blow2) + -tus suffix of v. action
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Examples for afflatus
  • The divine afflatus descends equally on the good and the bad, the lofty and the lowly.
  • He doesn't know much about it, but the idea has given him a powerful afflatus.
British Dictionary definitions for afflatus

afflatus

/əˈfleɪtəs/
noun
1.
an impulse of creative power or inspiration, esp in poetry, considered to be of divine origin (esp in the phrase divine afflatus)
Word Origin
C17: Latin, from afflātus, from afflāre to breathe or blow on, from flāre to blow
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Word Origin and History for afflatus
afflatus
"miraculous communication of supernatural knowledge," 1660s, from L. afflatus "a breathing upon, blast," from pp. stem of afflare "to blow upon," from ad- "to" + flare "to blow" (see blow (v.1)).
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