Definition of wellspring in US English:



  • An original and bountiful source of something.

    ‘sadness is the wellspring of creativity’
    • ‘We romanticize depression as a wellspring of finer thought, as the source of melancholic insight for artists, deep thinkers and sensitive souls.’
    • ‘But California has a robust economy, boasts a diverse and vibrant population, provides technological leadership for the world, and remains a wellspring of new ideas.’
    • ‘It is at the source, the wellspring of our feelings, that we may then either amplify or transform them.’
    • ‘They also underscore the enduring richness of the continent's cultural heritage, which serves as a wellspring of creativity worldwide.’
    • ‘From the moment he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1988, his wellsprings of creativity almost completely dried up.’
    source, supply, fount, fountainhead, reservoir, mine, fund, bank, repository, storehouse, treasury
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