from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of such surpassing brilliance or excellence as to suggest divine inspiration: an inspired musician; an inspired performance.

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  • adj. Having excellence through inspiration.
  • adj. Filled with inspiration or motivated.
  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of inspire..

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Breathed in; inhaled.
  • adj. Moved or animated by, or as by, a supernatural influence; affected by divine inspiration
  • adj. Communicated or given as by supernatural or divine inspiration; having divine authority; hence, sacred, holy; -- opposed to uninspired, profane, or secular.
  • adj. Moved to a higher level of thought, creativity, or motivation.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • That is or has been inhaled; taken into the lungs: as, inspired air.
  • Actuated, guided, or controlled by divine influence; informed, instructed, or directed by the Holy Spirit: as, an inspired teacher.
  • Produced under the direction or influence of inspiration: as, the inspired writings (that is, the Scriptures).

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. being of such surpassing excellence as to suggest inspiration by the gods


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