Definitions for: Inspiration


[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



Webster (1913) Definition: 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. 16.

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.

Synonyms: aspiration, brainchild, breathing in, divine guidance, inhalation, stirring

See Also: afflatus, arousal, breath, breathing, cognitive factor, drag, external respiration, gasp, germ, idea, intuition, mother, pant, problem solving, product, production, puff, pull, respiration, rousing, seed, source, thought, ventilation

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