Definition of afflatus in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈfleɪtəs/


A divine creative impulse or inspiration.
Example sentences
  • His playing has the afflatus of genius and the purity of a child.
  • That's an ambitious enterprise and, regrettably, the work is let down from achieving such divine afflatus by sloppy editing and far too many solecisms.
  • But, though less than a poet of her century, Ella was more than a mere multiplier of her kind, and latterly she had begun to feel the old afflatus once more.


Mid 17th century: from Latin, from the verb afflare, from ad- 'to' + flare 'to blow'.

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