- The definition of inspiration is a person or thing that excites or stimulates, or inhaling.
- An example of inspiration is a documentary about Buddhism motivating someone to study about Buddhism.
- An example of inspiration is breathing in through your nose and out your mouth.
- a breathing in, as of air into the lungs; inhaling
- an inspiring or being inspired mentally or emotionally
- an inspiring influence; any stimulus to creative thought or action
- an inspired idea, action, etc.
- a prompting of something to be written or said
- Theol. a divine influence upon human beings, as that resulting in the writing of the Scriptures
Origin of inspirationMiddle English inspiracioun ; from Old French inspiration ; from Late Latin inspiratio
- a. The excitement of the mind or emotions to a high level of feeling or activity: a singer who found her inspiration in popular songs of the 1920s.b. The condition of being so excited: sat down to write in a sudden burst of inspiration.c. The quality of being so excited, as manifested in something: a painting full of inspiration.
- A person or thing that moves the intellect or emotions or prompts action or invention: Gandhi has been an inspiration to political reformers for decades.
- Something, such as a sudden creative act or idea, that is inspired: had an inspiration and saw a way to solve the problem.
- Divine guidance or influence exerted directly on a human mind or soul.
- The act of drawing in, especially the inhalation of air into the lungs.
(countable and uncountable, plural inspirations)
- (physiology, uncountable) The drawing of air into the lungs, accomplished in mammals by elevation of the chest walls and flattening of the diaphragm, as part of the act of respiration.
- (countable) A breath, a single inhalation.
- A supernatural divine influence on the prophets, apostles, or sacred writers, by which they were qualified to communicate moral or religious truth with authority; a supernatural influence which qualifies men to receive and communicate divine truth; also, the truth communicated.
- The act of an elevating or stimulating influence upon the intellect, emotions or creativity. In this sense, it is generally followed by the adposition to or for:
- A person, object, or situation which quickens or stimulates an influence upon the intellect, emotions or creativity.
- A new idea, especially one which arises suddenly and is clever or creative.
- (physiology): expiration
From Old French inspiration, from Late Latin īnspīrātiōnem (nominative: īnspīrātiō), from Latin īnspīrāta (past participle of inspīrō).