One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A divine creative impulse or inspiration.
stimulus, stimulation, motivation, motivating force, fillip, encouragement, influence, muse, goad, spur, lift, boost, incentive, incitement, impulse, catalystView synonyms
- ‘But, though less than a poet of her century, Ella was more than a mere multiplier of her kind, and latterly she had begun to feel the old afflatus once more.’
- ‘His playing has the afflatus of genius and the purity of a child.’
- ‘That's an ambitious enterprise and, regrettably, the work is let down from achieving such divine afflatus by sloppy editing and far too many solecisms.’
- ‘Overt displays of intelligence are considered just dandy in the art world so long as they are opaque enough to lend themselves to afflatus and jargoneering.’
- ‘What is lacking is afflatus, the breath of life that sends a thrill down the spine and gets engraved in the memory.’
Mid 17th century: from Latin, from the verb afflare, from ad- ‘to’ + flare ‘to blow’.
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