afflatus

[ uh-fley-tuh s ]
/ əˈfleɪ təs /

noun

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

Nearby words

  1. affirmatory,
  2. affix,
  3. affixation,
  4. affixture,
  5. afflated,
  6. afflict,
  7. afflicted,
  8. afflicting,
  9. affliction,
  10. afflictive

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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British Dictionary definitions for afflatus

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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Word Origin and History for afflatus

afflatus

n.

"miraculous communication of supernatural knowledge," 1660s, from Latin afflatus "a breathing upon, blast," from past participle of afflare "to blow upon," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + flare "to blow" (see blow (v.1)).

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