- stimulation or arousal of the mind, feelings, etc, to special or unusual activity or creativity
- the state or quality of being so stimulated or aroused
- someone or something that causes this state
- an idea or action resulting from such a state
- the act or process of inhaling; breathing in
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- anything that inspires[countable]The painter's inspiration came from nature.
- something inspired[countable]She got a sudden inspiration to reverse the wires, and it worked.
- Religion[Theol.]a divine influence felt directly by the soul[uncountable]divine inspiration for writing the books of the Bible.
- Physiology[uncountable] the drawing of air into the lungs;
- an inspiring or animating action or influence:I cannot write poetry without inspiration.
- something inspired, as an idea.
- a result of inspired activity.
- a thing or person that inspires.
- a divine influence directly and immediately exerted upon the mind or soul.
- the divine quality of the writings or words of a person so influenced.
quality or state of being inspired.
- Late Latin inspīrātiōn- (stem of inspīrātiō). See inspire, -ation
- Middle English inspiracio(u)n 1275–1325