noun Date: 14th century 1. a. a divine influence or action on a person believed to qualify him or her to receive and communicate sacred revelation b. the action or power of moving the intellect or emotions c. the act of influencing or suggesting opinions 2. the act of drawing in; specifically the drawing of air into the lungs 3. a. the quality or state of being inspired b. something that is inspired <
a scheme that was pure inspiration
4. an inspiring agent or influence • inspirational adjectiveinspirationally adverb

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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