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Pronunciation:  `inspu'reyshun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the act of inhaling; the drawing in of air (or other gases) as in breathing
  2. [n]  arousing to a particular emotion or action
  3. [n]  a product of your creative thinking and work; "he had little respect for the inspirations of other artists"; "after years of work his brainchild was a tangible reality"
  4. [n]  (theology) a special influence of a divinity on the minds of human beings; "they believe that the books of Scripture were written under divine guidance"
  5. [n]  a sudden intuition as part of solving a problem
  6. [n]  arousal of the mind to special unusual activity or creativity

INSPIRATION is a 11 letter word that starts with I.


 Synonyms: aspiration, brainchild, breathing in, divine guidance, inhalation, stirring
 See Also: afflatus, arousal, breath, breathing, cognitive factor, drag, external respiration, gasp, germ, idea, intuition, mother, pant, problem solving, product, production, puff, pull, respiration, rousing, seed, source, thought, ventilation



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\In`spi*ra"tion\, n. [F. inspiration, L. inspiratio.
See {Inspire}.]
1. The act of inspiring or breathing in; breath; specif.
   (Physiol.), the drawing of air into the lungs,
   accomplished in mammals by elevation of the chest walls
   and flattening of the diaphragm; -- the opposite of

2. The act or power of exercising an elevating or stimulating
   influence upon the intellect or emotions; the result of
   such influence which quickens or stimulates; as, the
   inspiration of occasion, of art, etc.

         Your father was ever virtuous, and holy men at their
         death have good inspirations.         --Shak.

3. (Theol.) A supernatural divine influence on the prophets,
   apostles, or sacred writers, by which they were qualified
   to communicate moral or religious truth with authority; a
   supernatural influence which qualifies men to receive and
   communicate divine truth; also, the truth communicated.

         All Scripture is given by inspiration of God. --2
                                               Tim. iii. 16.

         The age which we now live in is not an age of
         inspiration and impulses.             --Sharp.

{Plenary inspiration} (Theol.), that kind of inspiration
   which excludes all defect in the utterance of the inspired

{Verbal inspiration} (Theol.), that kind of inspiration which
   extends to the very words and forms of expression of the
   divine message.

Medical Dictionary
 Definition: inhaling; taking in oxygen
Easton Bible Dictionary

that extraordinary or supernatural divine influence vouchsafed to those who wrote the Holy Scriptures, rendering their writings infallible. "All scripture is given by inspiration of God" (R.V., "Every scripture inspired of God"), 2 Tim. 3:16. This is true of all the "sacred writings," not in the sense of their being works of genius or of supernatural insight, but as "theopneustic," i.e., "breathed into by God" in such a sense that the writers were supernaturally guided to express exactly what God intended them to express as a revelation of his mind and will. The testimony of the sacred writers themselves abundantly demonstrates this truth; and if they are infallible as teachers of doctrine, then the doctrine of plenary inspiration must be accepted. There are no errors in the Bible as it came from God, none have been proved to exist. Difficulties and phenomena we cannot explain are not errors. All these books of the Old and New Testaments are inspired. We do not say that they contain, but that they are, the Word of God. The gift of inspiration rendered the writers the organs of God, for the infallible communication of his mind and will, in the very manner and words in which it was originally given.

As to the nature of inspiration we have no information. This only we know, it rendered the writers infallible. They were all equally inspired, and are all equally infallible. The inspiration of the sacred writers did not change their characters. They retained all their individual peculiarities as thinkers or writers. (See BIBLE; WORD OF GOD.)

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