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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 fact that she can even question the nature of the afflatus forestalls the kind of forcible penetration by a literary patriarch that Susan Gubar describes as "the terror of inspiration" for female writers, which encompasses a "terror of being entered, deflowered, possessed, taken, had, broken, ravished--all words which illustrate the pain of the passive self where boundaries are being violated.
The seven bands included - Afflatus from Meghalaya, Abiogenesis from Nagaland, Axis from Assam, Frisky Pints from Mizoram, Borkung Hrangkhawl from Tripura, Alien Conspiracy Theory from Manipur and the Vinyl Records, a girl band of four from Arunachal Pradesh.
She denigrates Gloria Steinem as "the divine afflatus of feminism who has made a career out of leading the herd to trendy saltlicks" and states in mock-awe: "She conquered male-dominated publishing like a Marxist Scarlett O'Hara" (Deja 23, 118).
The Blakean afflatus long attributed to Malick, through which the mystic poet finds the cosmos in a grain of sand (or purling stream, dappled tree, twirling girl), has seen, over the past four decades, the hardscrabble materiality of Badlands (1973) replaced by the celestial nebulae of The Tree of Life and To the Wonder, their titles already grasping for the ineffable "glory" that the director's recent characters, hands or arms outstretched to embrace the bright firmament, often reach toward.
Bob Merrick will become "everything that Wayne Phillips was" only after he has learned how to harness the Divine afflatus that they both encapsulate and that connects them to the rest of humanity.
So Love has replaced the Twelve Moral Virtues as the afflatus of Arthur's knighthood.
The foreword contains an erroneous translation (not the only one in the book) in which the original meaning of a phrase is reversed: "with[out] a divine afflatus no one becomes a great man" (p.
To discern the important common elements between Blake and Smith, we need first to look at Blake's fundamental concerns, to see the Blake afflatus in a holistic way.
She had to suffer the loss of her son, whom she had made into the vehicle of her misguided ambition, the pressure of which, we may infer, had expedited the moral weakness of Lotho's willingness to give, in essence, his soul to Sharkey as the price for the momentary afflatus of illgained power.