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[uh-fley-tuh s] /əˈfleɪ təs/
inspiration; an impelling mental force acting from within.
divine communication of knowledge.
Origin of afflatus
1655-65; < Latin afflātus a breathing on, equivalent to af- af- + flā- (stem of flāre to blow2) + -tus suffix of v. action Unabridged
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  • 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


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

"miraculous communication of supernatural knowledge," 1660s, from Latin afflatus "a breathing upon, blast," from past participle of afflare "to blow upon," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + flare "to blow" (see blow (v.1)).

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