American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Stimulation of the mind or emotions to a high level of feeling or activity.
- n. The condition of being so stimulated.
- n. An agency, such as a person or work of art, that moves the intellect or emotions or prompts action or invention.
- n. Something, such as a sudden creative act or idea, that is inspired.
- n. The quality of inspiring or exalting: a painting full of inspiration.
- n. Divine guidance or influence exerted directly on the mind and soul of humankind.
- n. The act of drawing in, especially the inhalation of air into the lungs.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of inspiring or breathing in; a drawing into the lungs, as of air; inhalation; the first movement in the act of respiration, followed by expiration.
- n. A breathing or infusion into the mind or soul; an awakening or creation of thought, purpose, or any mental condition, by some specific external influence; intellectual exaltation; an inexplicable cognition, as the knowledge of an axiom, according to a priori philosophers.
- n. In theology, an influence directly and immediately exerted by the Spirit of God upon the soul of man: in Christian theology, used especially with reference to the Old and New Testaments, regarded as written under the direct influence of God exercised upon the thoughts and feelings of the writers. ; This doctrine of the inspiration of the Scriptures has been maintained in various forms, and with various definitions of the nature and extent of the divine influence, the principal being the following: verbal inspiration, the immediate communication or dictation to the writers of every word written;
- n. The state or condition of being inspired; determination or purpose excited by a specific external influence; communicated bent of mind.
- n. That which is impressed by an inspiring influence; a thought or an emotion borne in upon one by an occult prompting or impulse.
- n. The act of inspiring or breathing in.
- n. breath
- n. physiology The drawing of air into the lungs, accomplished in mammals by elevation of the chest walls and flattening of the diaphragm.
- n. 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.
- n. 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.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. 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.
- n. 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
- n. (Theol.) 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.
- n. a sudden intuition as part of solving a problem
- n. (theology) a special influence of a divinity on the minds of human beings
- n. the act of inhaling; the drawing in of air (or other gases) as in breathing
- n. arousal of the mind to special unusual activity or creativity
- n. arousing to a particular emotion or action
- n. a product of your creative thinking and work
- From Old French inspiration, from Late Latin inspirationem (nominative: inspiratio), from Latin inspiratus (past participle of inspīrō). (Wiktionary)
“For example, the word inspiration literally means “to breathe in.””
“If the term inspiration were to fall into disuse, no fact of nature, or history, or language, no event in the life of man, or dealings of God with him, would be in any degree altered.”
“Here, however, inspiration is code for stereotypes and prejudice.”
“Partly the inspiration is the lyricism, the writing.”
“Again, Joanna goes for the jugular, saying if the inspiration is the sea, it's a polluted sea with plastic bottles in it.”
“The key to inspiration is to be in communication with it at all times.”
“The problem with the word inspiration is that it has a long tradition of pseudo-spiritual implications.”
“While the inspiration is acknowledged, and the real stories used, Holm is clear that she is writing fiction.”
“She picked up the brush at just 6 years old, but the visions -- what she calls inspiration from God -- started when she was just 4.”
“But when the heat changes its place, and the particles at the other exit grow warmer, the hotter air inclining in that direction and carried towards its native element, fire, pushes round the air at the other; and this being affected in the same way and communicating the same impulse, a circular motion swaying to and fro is produced by the double process, which we call inspiration and expiration.”
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