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af·fla·tus

 (ə-flā′təs)
n.
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.]

afflatus

(əˈfleɪtəs)
n
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]

af•fla•tus

(əˈfleɪ təs)

n.
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

afflatus

noun
Divine guidance and motivation imparted directly:
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afflatus

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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.
Still, for Curtius, never mind if the method is scientific: the object has a literary historical nature, and it is almost animated by a 'spiritual' afflatus that touches the critical research, too.
Rojario climbs to his knees, divine afflatus of EN 1783, inwardly he kens himself the deputy April soot shower Reading like a malfunctioning computer readout, such lines (from Hot White Andy) take to new lengths the Poundian tactic of extrinsic incorporation.
In Bay d'Espoir the visitor undoubtedly feels the Socratic inspiration, and becomes imbued with that divine afflatus, generated of the lovely and the beautiful.
And why?'' explains Elabsy, who believes in the concept of afflatus, or inspiration, and that much of what any writer writes is involuntary.
Two: By a flash of divine afflatus, and an act of unselfish and enlightened nationalism, General Gowon corrected the structural imbalances of our dear federation.
7th century) has a multi-layered context: "in former aeons humans were able to see the Gods directly, but in the present Kali age men have lost that faculty; therefore they have to worship them (the Gods) in an image." An incarnate Indian deity receives worship; the lineaments laid down in the treatises serve as the starting points for the image-makers who, empowered with the divinus afflatus, shape images of ultimate spiritual significance.
These hours of afflatus in the human spirit, the springs of art, are, in their mystery, akin to the epochs of history, when a race which for centuries has lived content, unknown, behind its own frontiers, digging, eating, sleeping, begetting, doing, what was requisite for survival and nothing else, will, for a generation or two, stupefy the world, bring to birth and nurture a teeming brood of genius, droop soon with the weight of its grandeur, fall, but leave behind a record of new rewards won for all mankind; the vision fades, the soul sickens, and the routine of survival starts again.
The page becomes the quintessential space of the personal and the political, of civil vocation and metaphysical afflatus. Pasolini's last years, before his yet-to-be solved atrocious murder/martyrdom in 1975, were greatly occupied by his corsair rage against corruption of the political class--a rage that will be mostly enunciated through his constant journalistic efforts.
This view of the wind as a universal animating force of life manifest in the form of "invisible bellows" reminds us of the romantics' doctrine about the wind of inspiration (afflatus), to be traced back in time as far as Democritus.
Aridon, thus, becomes the symbol of amuse, a divine afflatus for Ojaide.