ETYM French inspiration, Latin inspiratio. Related to Inspire.
Spiritual influence that allows a person to think, speak, or act in a way that transcends ordinary human abilities. It can refer to a wide variety of religious experiences, including the presence of a “spiritus” or breath responsible for the inspiration.
Religious scriptures are often believed to be inspired, although this may be understood in a variety of ways. Muslims believe that the Koran was directly revealed, word for word, by God through the prophethood of Mohammed. Christians disagree about the inspiration of the Bible: some believe it is the directly inspired word of God, whereas others give more importance to the human abilities of the writers, while still stressing God's influence on them.
1. A sudden intuition as part of solving a problem.
2. A product of one's creative thinking and work; SYN. brainchild.
3. Arousal of the mind to special unusual activity or creativity.
4. Arousing to a particular emotion or action; SYN. stirring.
The source of an artist's inspiration.