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in·spi·ra·tion

 (ĭn′spə-rā′shən)
n.
1.
a. The excitement of the mind or emotions to a high level of feeling or activity: a singer who found her inspiration in popular songs of the 1920s.
b. The condition of being so excited: sat down to write in a sudden burst of inspiration.
c. The quality of being so excited, as manifested in something: a painting full of inspiration.
2. A person or thing that moves the intellect or emotions or prompts action or invention: Gandhi has been an inspiration to political reformers for decades.
3. Something, such as a sudden creative act or idea, that is inspired: had an inspiration and saw a way to solve the problem.
4. Divine guidance or influence exerted directly on a human mind or soul.
5. The act of drawing in, especially the inhalation of air into the lungs.

inspiration

(ˌɪnspɪˈreɪʃən)
n
1. stimulation or arousal of the mind, feelings, etc, to special or unusual activity or creativity
2. the state or quality of being so stimulated or aroused
3. someone or something that causes this state
4. an idea or action resulting from such a state
5. (Physiology) the act or process of inhaling; breathing in

in•spi•ra•tion

(ˌɪn spəˈreɪ ʃən)

n.
1. an inspiring or animating action or influence.
2. something inspired, as an idea.
3. a result of inspired activity.
4. a thing or person that inspires.
5. Theol. a divine influence directly and immediately exerted upon the mind or soul.
6. the drawing of air into the lungs; inhalation.
7. the act of inspiring.
8. the quality or state of being inspired.
[1275–1325; Middle English < Late Latin inspīrātiō. See inspire, -tion]
in`spi•ra′tion•al, adj.
in`spi•ra′tion•al•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.inspiration - arousal of the mind to special unusual activity or creativityinspiration - arousal of the mind to special unusual activity or creativity
idea, thought - the content of cognition; the main thing you are thinking about; "it was not a good idea"; "the thought never entered my mind"
germ, source, seed - anything that provides inspiration for later work
mother - a condition that is the inspiration for an activity or situation; "necessity is the mother of invention"
afflatus - a strong creative impulse; divine inspiration; "divine afflatus"
2.inspiration - 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"
product, production - an artifact that has been created by someone or some process; "they improve their product every year"; "they export most of their agricultural production"
3.inspiration - a sudden intuition as part of solving a problem
intuition - instinctive knowing (without the use of rational processes)
problem solving - the thought processes involved in solving a problem
4.inspiration - (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"
cognitive factor - something immaterial (as a circumstance or influence) that contributes to producing a result
theology, divinity - the rational and systematic study of religion and its influences and of the nature of religious truth
5.inspiration - arousing to a particular emotion or action
arousal, rousing - the act of arousing; "the purpose of art is the arousal of emotions"
6.inspiration - the act of inhalinginspiration - the act of inhaling; the drawing in of air (or other gases) as in breathing
breathing, external respiration, respiration, ventilation - the bodily process of inhalation and exhalation; the process of taking in oxygen from inhaled air and releasing carbon dioxide by exhalation
breath - the process of taking in and expelling air during breathing; "he took a deep breath and dived into the pool"; "he was fighting to his last breath"
gasp, pant - a short labored intake of breath with the mouth open; "she gave a gasp and fainted"
drag, pull, puff - a slow inhalation (as of tobacco smoke); "he took a puff on his pipe"; "he took a drag on his cigarette and expelled the smoke slowly"

inspiration

noun
1. imagination, creativity, ingenuity, talent, insight, genius, productivity, fertility, stimulation, originality, inventiveness, cleverness, fecundity, imaginativeness A good way of getting inspiration is by looking at others' work.
3. influence, spur, stimulus, muse India's myths and songs are the inspiration for her books.
4. bright idea, revelation, brainwave (informal) She had an inspiration. 'Let's make a tunnel from hardboard'.
Quotations
"When you do not know what you are doing and what you are doing is the best - that is inspiration" [Robert Bresson Notes on the Cinematographer]

inspiration

noun
2. Liveliness and vivacity of imagination:
3. Something that encourages:
4. A sudden exciting thought:
Informal: brain wave.
5. Divine guidance and motivation imparted directly:
6. The act of breathing in:
Translations
إلْهام، وَحْي
inspiracenádech
inspiration
ihletlelkesítés
innblástur
inšpirácia
navdih

inspiration

[ˌɪnspəˈreɪʃən] N
1. (= motivation) → inspiración f
the war has provided the inspiration for many novelsla guerra ha sido fuente de inspiración para muchas novelas
to find inspiration ininspirarse en
she has been an inspiration to us allha sido un gran estímulo para todos nosotros
2. (= inspired idea) → idea f genial
she had a sudden inspirationde pronto tuvo una idea genial

inspiration

[ˌɪnspɪˈreɪʃən] n
(= stimulus) → inspiration f
a source of inspiration → une source d'inspiration
(person or thing that inspires)inspiration f
to be an inspiration to sb → être une inspiration pour qn
She is an inspiration to us all → Elle est une inspiration pour nous tous.
the inspiration behind sth → l'inspiration derrière qch
to be the inspiration for sth → être l'inspiration derrière qch
India's myths are the inspiration for her books → Les mythes de l'Inde sont l'inspiration derrière ses livres.
(= inspired idea) → inspiration f
to have an inspiration → avoir une inspiration

inspiration

nInspiration f(for zu or für), Eingebung f(for zu); he gets his inspiration from …er lässt sich von … inspirieren; you give me inspirationSie inspirieren mich; I haven’t had any inspiration for monthsseit Monaten habe ich keine Inspirationen mehr; to find (one’s) inspiration in somethingvon etw inspiriert werden; to have a sudden inspirationeine plötzliche Inspiration or Erleuchtung haben; you are my inspirationdu inspirierst mich; his courage has been an inspiration to us allsein Mut hat uns alle inspiriert

inspiration

[ˌɪnspɪˈreɪʃn] nispirazione f
to have a sudden inspiration → avere un lampo di genio
to be an inspiration to sb → ispirare qn, essere una fonte d'ispirazione per qn
you've been an inspiration to us all → sei stato di esempio per tutti noi

inspire

(inˈspaiə) verb
1. to encourage by filling with eg confidence, enthusiasm etc. The players were inspired by the loyalty of their supporters and played better football than ever before.
2. to be the origin or source of a poetic or artistic idea. An incident in his childhood inspired the poem.
inspiration (inspəˈreiʃən) noun

in·spi·ra·tion

n. inspiración.
References in classic literature ?
Aunt March had a good fit and sent the supper," cried Jo, with a sudden inspiration.
Damon and his friend the scientist were on the point of departing for the camp of their rivals, less than a mile away, when Tom had what really amounted to an inspiration.
But the housemaid, too, served her term as model when Edna perceived that the young woman's back and shoulders were molded on classic lines, and that her hair, loosened from its confining cap, became an inspiration.
According to their united testimony, never had man spoken in so wise, so high, and so holy a spirit, as he that spake this day; nor had inspiration ever breathed through mortal lips more evidently than it did through his.
I had left her meanwhile in little doubt of my small hope of representing with success even to her actual sympathy my sense of the real splendor of the little inspiration with which, after I had got him into the house, the boy met my final articulate challenge.
When horses and vehicles began to move along the highway, with that alert perception peculiar to a state of excitement, and which seems to be a sort of inspiration, she became aware that her headlong pace and distracted air might bring on her remark and suspicion.
It does not adhere to him when asleep or in anger, or aroused by any passion or inspiration.
At last, in a moment of inspiration, I kicked out a big lump of snow and struck it as plaster on my head.
Under the inspiration of her soaring complacency the departed graces of her earlier days returned to her, and her bearing took to itself a dignity and state that might have passed for queenly if her surroundings had been a little more in keeping with it.
Then the jury'll twaddle and twaddle and twaddle, and finally they'll fetch in a verdict that he got shot or stuck or busted over the head with something, and come to his death by the inspiration of God.
The only difference between the sisters in this matter was that while Miranda only wondered how they could endure Rebecca, Jane had flashes of inspiration in which she wondered how Rebecca would endure them.
The very next day however produced some proof of inspiration.