Definition of afflatus in English:


Pronunciation /əˈflādəs/ /əˈfleɪdəs/

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  • A divine creative impulse or inspiration.

    ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    stimulus, stimulation, motivation, motivating force, fillip, encouragement, influence, muse, goad, spur, lift, boost, incentive, incitement, impulse, catalyst


Mid 17th century from Latin, from the verb afflare, from ad- ‘to’ + flare ‘to blow’.