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v. in·spired, in·spir·ing, in·spires
1. To affect, guide, or arouse by divine influence.
2. To fill with enlivening or exalting emotion: hymns that inspire the congregation; an artist who was inspired by Impressionism.
a. To stimulate to action; motivate: a sales force that was inspired by the prospect of a bonus. See Synonyms at encourage.
b. To cause (someone) to have a particular feeling; affect or touch: "At this moment he inspired her with disgust rather than with love" (Anthony Trollope).
4. To cause someone to have (a feeling or reaction); elicit or arouse: a teacher who inspired admiration and respect.
5. To be the cause or source of; bring about: an invention that inspired many imitations.
6. To draw in (air) by inhaling.
7. Archaic
a. To breathe on.
b. To breathe life into.
1. To stimulate energies, ideals, or reverence: a leader who inspires by example.
2. To inhale.

[Middle English enspiren, from Old French enspirer, from Latin īnspīrāre : in-, into; see in-2 + spīrāre, to breathe.]

in·spir′er n.
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Noun1.inspirer - a leader who stimulates and excites people to action
leader - a person who rules or guides or inspires others
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References in classic literature ?
17-21) Be favourable, O Insewn, Inspirer of frenzied women!
These are the sort of men that a woman could worship with all her soul, and yet be the greater, not the less, on account of her love, honored by all the world as the inspirer of noble deeds."
Or was it the waking up of a sentiment which had bided its time as patiently as its inspirer? Who shall say?
This fact, as far as it symbolizes the moral fact of the Unattainable, the flying Perfect, around which the hands of man can never meet, at once the inspirer and the condemner of every success, may conveniently serve us to connect many illustrations of human power in every department.
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He is highly revered among spiritual leaders worldwide and is the inspirer of the upcoming BAPS Hindu Mandir in Abu Dhabi.
"This is just the beginning and from here on we are on our seacrh to find the next innovator, inspirer, thinker, dreamer and change-maker.
The vice chancellor, hailing teachings of 551 B.C Chinese philosopher teacher Confucius termed him a universal wisdom inspirer of China, affording sagacity to all those who ever happened to negotiate his ideas.
Toutefois, se pose sur le plan juridique, la problematique du plagiat, qui consiste a reproduire le plan d'un autre bien, s'en inspirer fortement et avoir au final, un batiment qui ressemble tres fort a un autre batiment ou un autre plan d'un confrere qui n'a pas ete retenu dans un concours d'architecture, ajoute-t-il.
The director generalof the theaterVladimir Gridyushko, who is also the ideological inspirer of the Minsk Christmas Opera Forum, headed the jury.