afflatus[ə flāt′əs, a-]
Origin of afflatusClassical Latin ; from past participle of afflare, to blow on ; from ad-, to + flare, to blow ; from Indo-European base an unverified form bhel-: see bladder
Origin of afflatusLatin afflātus, from past participle of afflāre, to breathe on : ad-, ad- + flāre, to blow; see bhlē- in Indo-European roots.
From Latin afflatus, originally adflatu (compare English flatulence (“digestive gas, fart”)), past participle of afflo (“to blow on”). In artistic sense, introduced by Cicero in De Natura Deorum (The Nature of the Gods) (44 BCE) II.167, as alternative to existing and similar inspiration (literally “sucking in air”), which already had a more general and metaphorical sense, to emphasize specifically the initial insight and restore literal overtones.