- 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.
Origin of inspiration
Examples from the Web for inspiration
In this way, inspiration becomes appropriation, which leads directly to theft and erasure.
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|DAILY BEAST
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|Marcus Baram|November 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Their destiny is in your hand and mine—a free Nation without a slave—the hope, refuge and inspiration of the world.The Southerner|Thomas Dixon
And first of all, he must determine what is the proof of the inspiration of a book.
Inspiration, alone, dictated this masterpiece; it rose from the composer's soul like a cry of love!Massimilla Doni|Honore de Balzac
The second work in which Donatello took his inspiration exclusively from childhood is at Prato.Donatello|David Lindsay, Earl of Crawford
The idea of the stage had once come to her like an inspiration.Jewel Weed|Alice Ames Winter
British Dictionary definitions for inspiration
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.