Definition of inspiration
1a : a divine influence or action on a person believed to qualify him or her to receive and communicate sacred revelationb : the action or power of moving the intellect or emotionsc : the act of influencing or suggesting opinions
2 : the act of drawing in; specifically : the drawing of air into the lungs
3a : the quality or state of being inspiredb : something that is inspired a scheme that was pure inspiration
4 : an inspiring agent or influence
inspirationalplay \ˌin(t)-spə-ˈrā-shnəl, -shə-nəl, -(ˌ)spi-\ adjective
Examples of inspiration in a sentence
Where does the inspiration for your art come from?
His paintings take their inspiration from nature.
She had a sudden inspiration. They would have the party outdoors!
Deciding to have the party outdoors was sheer inspiration.
Recent Examples of inspiration from the web
Even writers such as Jack Kerouac and the poet E. E. Cummings drew inspiration from the lyrical, dreamlike illustrations, which ran in Hearst newspapers from 1913 to 1944.
One of them, Alexis Sánchez, created a Theo Walcott goal with a flash of inspiration and buzzed around with his usual intent but struggled to make much of an impact as City seized control.
Hall of Fame has joined Reebok in its celebration of the Question's 20th anniversary, reaching into Allen Iverson's style history for inspiration.
CANNES, France — Filmmakers find inspiration in love, nature, faith, trauma, other people, other movies.
And this house was not the inspiration for the song.
One of Virginia’s most famous native sons (and the first POTUS), George Washington, serves as the inspiration for this aperitif from Maple & Pine bar at Quirk Hotel in downtown Richmond, Virginia.
Shows are the source of his pay, inspiration, and energy.
But next week, American television screens will welcome The Hour, a British drama that also takes inspiration from the fifties and sixties.
These example sentences are collected from online sources. Help us improve them by sending feedback.
The Inspirational History of inspiration
Inspiration has an unusual history in that its figurative sense appears to predate its literal one. It comes from the Latin inspiratus (the past participle of inspirare, “to breathe into, inspire”) and in English has had the meaning “the drawing of air into the lungs” since the middle of the 16th century. This breathing sense is still in common use among doctors, as is expiration (“the act or process of releasing air from the lungs”). However, before inspiration was used to refer to breath it had a distinctly theological meaning in English, referring to a divine influence upon a person, from a divine entity; this sense dates back to the early 14th century. The sense of inspiration often found today (“someone or something that inspires”) is considerably newer than either of these two senses, dating from the 19th century.
First Known Use of inspiration
INSPIRATION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of inspiration for English Language Learners
: something that makes someone want to do something or that gives someone an idea about what to do or create : a force or influence that inspires someone
: a person, place, experience, etc., that makes someone want to do or create something
: a good idea
INSPIRATION Defined for Kids
Definition of inspiration for Students
1 : the act or power of arousing the mind or the emotions the inspiration of music
2 : a clever idea While deciding on a costume, I had an inspiration.
3 : something that moves someone to act, create, or feel an emotion Mountains were the painter's inspiration.
Medical Definition of inspiration
: the drawing of air into the lungs
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up inspiration? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).