Definition of afflation in English:


Pronunciation /əˈfleɪʃn/


  • A breeze or blast of air, an act of blowing; (chiefly figurative) an instance of divine or spiritual communication; an inspiration; compare "afflatus".


Late 16th century; earliest use found in Thomas Newton (d. 1607), translator and Church of England clergyman. From post-classical Latin afflation-, afflatio action of blowing upon, inspiration from classical Latin afflāt-, past participial stem of afflāre + -iō.