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inspiration

Noun

1 arousal of the mind to special unusual activity or creativity
2 a product of your creative thinking and work; "he had little respect for the inspirations of other artists"; "after years of work his brainchild was a tangible reality" [syn: brainchild]
3 a sudden intuition as part of solving a problem
4 (theology) a special influence of a divinity on the minds of human beings; "they believe that the books of Scripture were written under divine guidance" [syn: divine guidance]
5 arousing to a particular emotion or action [syn: stirring]
6 the act of inhaling; the drawing in of air (or other gases) as in breathing [syn: inhalation, aspiration, breathing in]

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English

Etymology

From inspiration.

Pronunciation

Noun

  1. The act of inspiring or breathing in; breath; specif. (Physiol.), the drawing of air into the lungs, accomplished in mammals by elevation of the chest walls and flattening of the diaphragm; -- the opposite of expiration.
  2. The act or power of exercising an elevating or stimulating influence upon the intellect or emotions; the result of such influence which quickens or stimulates; as, the inspiration of occasion, of art, etc.
  3. A supernatural divine influence on the prophets, apostles, or sacred writers, by which they were qualified to communicate moral or religious truth with authority; a supernatural influence which qualifies men to receive and communicate divine truth; also, the truth communicated.

Derived terms

Translations

act of breathing in
stimulating influence upon the intellect or emotions
supernatural divine influence

References

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French

Etymology

From inspirationem (nominative: inspiratio), from inspiratus (past participle of inspirare).

Noun

Extensive Definition

Inspiration may refer to: Personal inspiration, A person can have an idol, the idol can have a skill that the idolator wants.> Artistic inspiration, sudden creativity in artistic production
  • Revelation, an uncovering or disclosure of something hidden via communication from the divine
  • Biblical inspiration, the doctrine in Judeo-Christian theology concerned with the divine origin of the Bible
  • Inhalation, the movement of air into the lungs
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See also

Inspiration comes from life experiences, feelings, dreams, and thoughts. Inspiration is what makes great things happen.
inspiration in Danish: Inspiration
inspiration in German: Inspiration
inspiration in Spanish: Inspiración
inspiration in French: Inspiration
inspiration in Japanese: インスパイア
inspiration in Norwegian: Inspirasjon

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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