Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Of such surpassing brilliance or excellence as to suggest divine inspiration.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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

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Examples

  • "The Prayer Book isn't inspired, I know," said an old coast-guardsman some years ago to a friend of mine, "but, sure and certain, _'tis as bad as inspired_!"

    To My Younger Brethren Chapters on Pastoral Life and Work

  • Throughout 2004, before thousands took to the streets in November and December to protest a stolen election, the phrase inspired a democratic youth organization, a website and a song.

    Branding Your Revolution

  • The phrase "inspired by a true story" affixes itself to novels like a warning label: Beware sententious moralizing.

    Cheeshahteaumauk, Class of '65 (1665)

  • Reportedly, the title inspired Manson after watching

    Kim Morgan: Dolores On The Dotted Line

  • It availed nothing; he had fallen so low that his title inspired no respect, and when we left the inn they were still endeavoring to get their money and threatening him with a summary proceeding if the demand was not complied with.

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  • John Madden's penchant for the term inspired a San Jose surf-rock band to call itself Smash Mouth.

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  • "What my father and I came to realize was that the idea of professional acting training was never fully appreciated in Ireland," Ms. Ryan said over coffee this summer in the Grand Canal cultural quarter here, where the Lir a name inspired by a much-loved story from Irish folklore will be based, in a newly refurbished Trinity building that includes two theaters and rehearsal, design and dance studios.

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  • John Madden's penchant for the term inspired a San Jose surf-rock band to call itself Smash Mouth.

    NYT > Home Page

  • Konfabulator Forums - http July 1995, The Chemical Brothers released their debut album Exit Planet Dust (the title inspired by their name change) on Freestyle Dust/Junior Boy#39s Own.

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  • Konfabulator Forums - http July 1995, The Chemical Brothers released their debut album Exit Planet Dust (the title inspired by their name change) on Freestyle Dust/Junior Boy#39s Own.

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