afflatus

[ uh-fley-tuh s ]
/ əˈfleɪ təs /

noun

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

Origin of afflatus

1655–65; < Latin afflātus a breathing on, equivalent to af- af- + flā- (stem of flāre to blow2) + -tus suffix of v. action
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afflatus

/ (əˈfleɪtəs) /

noun

an impulse of creative power or inspiration, esp in poetry, considered to be of divine origin (esp in the phrase divine afflatus)

Word Origin for afflatus

C17: Latin, from afflātus, from afflāre to breathe or blow on, from flāre to blow
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