- an inspiring or animating action or influence: I cannot write poetry without inspiration.
- something inspired, as an idea.
- a result of inspired activity.
- a thing or person that inspires.
- a divine influence directly and immediately exerted upon the mind or soul.
- the divine quality of the writings or words of a person so influenced.
- the drawing of air into the lungs; inhalation.
- the act of inspiring; quality or state of being inspired.
Origin of inspiration
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Examples from the Web for inspiration
In this way, inspiration becomes appropriation, which leads directly to theft and erasure.The Cultural Crimes of Iggy Azalea
December 29, 2014
But inspiration and faith-based agenda in movies does not guarantee box office success.Are You There, God? It’s Nicolas Cage and the Year in Cinematically Pimped Religion
Matthew Paul Turner
December 28, 2014
Hockney is also refreshingly genuine when it comes to revealing another source of inspiration—other artists.
In fact, new technologies—copiers, fax machines, and recently the iPad—were significant sources of inspiration for him.
Though it may have been a depressing environment, the gritty streets of Washington gave Gil plenty of inspiration for his lyrics.‘The Prince of Chocolate City’: When Gil Scott-Heron Became A Music Icon
November 15, 2014
In the instant of reply, Dick Gilder, by some inspiration of love, changed his attitude.Within the Law
A combination of crocuses and snow on the ground had given her an inspiration for a gown.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
But at that moment an inspiration came to lighten the gloom.The Bacillus of Beauty
Like an inspiration it came to the girl what had affected her so disagreeably in Crane—it was his eyes.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
Every way I look I can see a golden-flame tongue of inspiration burning.Her Father's Daughter
- stimulation or arousal of the mind, feelings, etc, to special or unusual activity or creativity
- the state or quality of being so stimulated or aroused
- someone or something that causes this state
- an idea or action resulting from such a state
- the act or process of inhaling; breathing in
Word Origin and History for inspiration
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.
- The inhalation of air into the lungs.
- See inhalation.