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Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Definitions for afflatus

  1. A divine imparting of knowledge; inspiration.

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Citations for afflatus
Whatever happened to passion and vision and the divine afflatus in poetry? Clive Hicks, Toronto Star
Aristophanes must have eclipsed them . . . by the exhibition of some diviner faculty, some higher spiritual afflatus. John Addington Symonds, Studies of the Greek Poets
Origin of afflatus
1655-1665
Afflatus is from Latin afflatus, past participle of afflare, "to blow at or breathe on," from ad-, "at" + flare, "to puff, to blow." Other words with the same root include deflate (de-, "out of" + flare); inflate (in-, "into" + flare); soufflé, the "puffed up" dish (from French souffler, "to puff," from Latin sufflare, "to blow from below," hence "to blow up, to puff up," from sub-, "below" + flare); and flatulent.
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