Try Our Apps
Dictionary.com

follow Dictionary.com

90s Slang You Should Know

inspiration

[in-spuh-rey-shuh n] /ˌɪn spəˈreɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
an inspiring or animating action or influence:
I cannot write poetry without inspiration.
2.
something inspired, as an idea.
3.
a result of inspired activity.
4.
a thing or person that inspires.
5.
Theology.
  1. a divine influence directly and immediately exerted upon the mind or soul.
  2. the divine quality of the writings or words of a person so influenced.
6.
the drawing of air into the lungs; inhalation.
7.
the act of inspiring; quality or state of being inspired.
Origin of inspiration
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English inspiracio(u)n < Late Latin inspīrātiōn- (stem of inspīrātiō). See inspire, -ation
Related forms
reinspiration, noun
Synonyms
1. stimulus, incitement.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for inspiration
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • It may be that they have been alike your inspiration and your despair.

    Search-Light Letters Robert Grant
  • They should be the free inheritance and inspiration of all the children of men.

    The Root of Evil Thomas Dixon
  • Remembering our happy days together, why should their inspiration not sustain me now?

    Cupid's Middleman Edward B. Lent
  • "Therefore will I trust to inspiration," he rejoined blandly.

    "Unto Caesar" Baroness Emmuska Orczy
  • The origin and conception of this little work is due to the inspiration of my friend Walter Exley of the Statesman staff.

British Dictionary definitions for inspiration

inspiration

/ˌɪnspɪˈreɪʃən/
noun
1.
stimulation or arousal of the mind, feelings, etc, to special or unusual activity or creativity
2.
the state or quality of being so stimulated or aroused
3.
someone or something that causes this state
4.
an idea or action resulting from such a state
5.
the act or process of inhaling; breathing in
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for inspiration
n.

c.1300, "immediate influence of God or a god," especially that under which the holy books were written, from Old French inspiracion "inhaling, breathing in; inspiration," from Late Latin inspirationem (nominative inspiratio), noun of action from past participle stem of Latin inspirare "inspire, inflame, blow into," from in- "in" (see in- (2)) + spirare "to breathe" (see spirit). Literal sense "act of inhaling" attested in English from 1560s. Meaning "one who inspires others" is attested by 1867.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
inspiration in Medicine

inspiration in·spi·ra·tion (ĭn'spə-rā'shən)
n.
The inhalation of air into the lungs.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source
inspiration in Science
inspiration
  (ĭn'spə-rā'shən)   
See inhalation.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
Copyright © 2002. Published by Houghton Mifflin. All rights reserved.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for inspiration

Many English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for inspiration

13
16
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for inspiration