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Definitions of inspiration

  1. the act of inhaling; the drawing in of air ( or other gases) as in breathing
  2. a product of your creative thinking and work; " he had little respect for the inspirations of other artists"; " after years of work his brainchild was a tangible reality"
  3. ( theology) a special influence of a divinity on the minds of human beings; " they believe that the books of Scripture were written under divine guidance"
  4. arousal of the mind to special unusual activity or creativity
  5. arousing to a particular emotion or action
  6. a sudden intuition as part of solving a problem
  7. The act or power of exercising an elevating or stimulating influence upon the intellect or emotions; the result of such influence which quickens or stimulates; as, the inspiration of occasion, of art, etc.
  8. A supernatural divine influence on the prophets, apostles, or sacred writers, by which they were qualified to communicate moral or religious truth with authority; a supernatural influence which qualifies men to receive and communicate divine truth; also, the truth communicated.
  9. The act of inspiring or breathing in; breath; specif. ( Physiol.), the drawing of air into the lungs, accomplished in mammals by elevation of the chest walls and flattening of the diaphragm; - the opposite of expiration.
  10. The act of drawing air into the lungs; the influence which causes creation in art, literature, music, etc.; influence gained from association with great minds, scenery, etc.; the supernatural influence of the Holy Spirit on sacred writers and teachers.
  11. The act of inspiring or breathing into: a breath: the divine influence by which the sacred writers were instructed: superior elevating or exciting influence.
  12. INSPIRER.
  13. Inhalation.
  14. Act of breathing in or into; supernatural influence.
  15. The act of drawing air into the lungs; the act of breathing into anything; the supernatural influence of the Spirit of God on the human mind; supernatural influence, tending to raise the soul above itself; the resulting elevation; an impression received in this elevated state.
  16. The act of drawing air into the lungs; the infusion of ideas or knowledge into the mind by the supernatural influence of the Holy Spirit; the secret influence and direction of interested persons, as in the composition of a political article.
  17. The act of drawing air into the lungs.
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Usage examples for inspiration

  1. Must leave that to the inspiration of the moment- and the moonlight. – The Vultures by Henry Seton Merriman
  2. " We are two and two," said Montlouis; " we must, then, trust to inspiration." – The Regent's Daughter by Alexandre Dumas (Pere)
  3. " Or rather," he cried with a sudden inspiration, " that's just what I do- or what the world says I do!" – Washington Square by Henry James
  4. What is the nature of his inspiration? – The Poet's Poet by Elizabeth Atkins
  5. " I can give you the size of my waist and my shoulders, and my length," says Mona, thoughtfully, yet with a touch of inspiration. – Mrs. Geoffrey by Duchess
  6. However, the child is with us now not by our choice, and we must make her as comfortable as possible until we have some inspiration concerning her. – The Red Cross Girls with Pershing to Victory by Margaret Vandercook
  7. I need their society more than all else just now- their thought, their inspiration. – Dawn by Mrs. Harriet A. Adams
  8. To- day you still know that I have shown you what you have to do; to- morrow you will have forgotten it; and the day after to- morrow you will believe yourself possessed by the inspiration of the nine great Gods. – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
  9. In ancient Egypt the physicians were also priests, and while they administered various remedies, these had the added advantage of being supposed to be the result of divine inspiration, or suggestion, or to be in some way connected with religion. – Psychotherapy by James J. Walsh
  10. No, to be some man's inspiration. – Victor Ollnee's Discipline by Hamlin Garland
  11. " To- day was an inspiration, father," he remarks, while he hands the virtuoso his match- box. – Boris Lensky by Ossip Schubin
  12. The blessed inspiration of her! – In the Bishop's Carriage by Miriam Michelson
  13. In other words, they work without what we call inspiration; they have talent, but not genius. – American Men of Mind by Burton E. Stevenson
  14. Like a flash, an inspiration came to Dorothy. – The Dorrance Domain by Carolyn Wells
  15. On that inspiration I asked: " Mayor of the City of New York?" – My Memories of Eighty Years by Chauncey M. Depew
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