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Inspiration Definition

Mysterious, unpredictable impulse which enables poets to produce the finest quality poetry. Robert Graves compared inspiration to lightening that strikes 'where and when it wills'.

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[n] the act of inhaling; the drawing in of air (or other gases) as in breathing
[n] arousing to a particular emotion or action
[n] 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"
[n] (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"
[n] a sudden intuition as part of solving a problem
[n] arousal of the mind to special unusual activity or creativity

Misc. Definitions

\In`spi*ra"tion\, n. [F. inspiration, L. inspiratio. See {Inspire}.]
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. Your father was ever virtuous, and holy men at their death have good inspirations. --Shak.
3. (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. All Scripture is given by inspiration of God. --2 Tim. iii. 1
6. The age which we now live in is not an age of inspiration and impulses. --Sharp. {Plenary inspiration} (Theol.), that kind of inspiration which excludes all defect in the utterance of the inspired message. {Verbal inspiration} (Theol.), that kind of inspiration which extends to the very words and forms of expression of the divine message.

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