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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Definitions for afflatus

  1. inspiration; an impelling mental force acting from within.
  2. divine communication of knowledge.

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Citations for afflatus
Through me the afflatus surging and surging, through me the current and index. Walt Whitman, "Song of Myself," Leaves of Grass, 1855
I had been deluding myself into an idea of possessing poetic genius, when in fact I had only the longing without the afflatus. , Henry Kirke White to Robert Southey, The Complete Works of Henry Kirke White, 1869
Origin of afflatus
1655-1665
Afflatus stems from the Latin term afflātus meaning "a breathing on." The Latin root flāre means "to blow." It entered English in the mid-1600s.
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