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A strong creative impulse, especially as a result of divine inspiration.

[Latin afflātus, from past participle of afflāre, to breathe on : ad-, ad- + flāre, to blow; see bhlē- in Indo-European roots.]


an impulse of creative power or inspiration, esp in poetry, considered to be of divine origin (esp in the phrase divine afflatus)
[C17: Latin, from afflātus, from afflāre to breathe or blow on, from flāre to blow]


(əˈfleɪ təs)

inspiration, esp. as a result of divine communication.
[1655–65; < Latin afflātus a breathing on, inspiration =aflā(re) to breathe on, emit (af- af- + flāre to blow2) + -tus suffix of v. action]
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Noun1.afflatus - a strong creative impulseafflatus - a strong creative impulse; divine inspiration; "divine afflatus"
inspiration - arousal of the mind to special unusual activity or creativity


Divine guidance and motivation imparted directly:


nInspiration f
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The devine afflatus usually lasted a week or two, and then she emerged from her `vortex', hungry, sleepy, cross, or despondent.
Hence evidently the tripod, the priest, the priestess inspired by the divine afflatus.
The page becomes the quintessential space of the personal and the political, of civil vocation and metaphysical afflatus.
Aridon, thus, becomes the symbol of amuse, a divine afflatus for Ojaide.
By the time his poems got into Afflatus, the student magazine at Abraka which functioned as a nursery bed for budding writers, Yeibo made one point clear, that he was a poet to look out for.
These words were an excerpt from An Afflatus and the Symphony of Words in a Period without Rain, the winning entry of James Dennis Tandoc chosen and awarded as the regional winner for the Feature Writing Contest of the Philippine Information Agency- Region I and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts.
but tones down the afflatus (as Gray himself does before the ode is done--"Oh, gently on thy suppliant's head, / Dread goddess, lay thy chastening hand") (72).
They were made mad by their greed for power and wealth, by the afflatus that they were anointed by the gods to rule and roil, to rant and rave, to 'salvage' and slay.
A virulent and operative creed, enclosing even a good deal of unreasonableness, need not be anything like a religion: the latter requires an element of cosmic reference, of superhuman afflatus, of mystical transcendency, experienced--though not perhaps formulated--as such.
The author who has the "sign of divine afflatus within," she argues, must "not pursue authorship as a vocation with a trading determination to get rich by.
In contrast, the Ifa (Yoruba divination) corpus "exhibits a sense of the impish or humorous, sometimes scatological, recognizing that deflation of afflatus is a necessary part of social and spiritual balance and general well-being" (Soyinka 2012: 91-92).
7) Her view might well be supported by drawing attention to the remark Blake made in a letter to a patron, "Dear Sir, excuse my enthusiasm or rather madness, for I am really drunk with intellectual vision whenever I take a pencil or graver into my hand"--or when Whitman writes, "Through me the afflatus surging and surging, through me the current.