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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
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.