Afflatus

əˈflādəs

Noun

  • A divine creative impulse or inspiration.

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Example Sentences

“The priest praised the afflatus of the artisan for the new stained glass window.”

“When the afflatus strikes, I have to get into the studio to paint.” 

“The artist claimed her afflatus for this series came from the nature surrounding her childhood home.”

Word Origin

Latin, mid-17th century

Why this word?

“Afflatus” comes from the Latin words for “to breathe on” and “to blow.” Some artists describe inspiration as feeling like it was blown into them, which is likely where this divine creative connection was forged.

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