Weird Words: Afflatus

by on Mar.10, 2011, under Articles, Weird Words, Writing

Afflatus

Noun

  • A sudden rush of creative impulse or inspiration, often attributed to divine influence.

Used in a sentence:

  • Its was afflatus, which the faculty always said they wanted to cultivate, but still, I was forced to clean my art off the school walls every Saturday for the rest of the year.

Historical Uses:

  • 44 B.C.: Marcus Tullius Cicero
    No man was ever great without a touch of divine afflatus (Nemo igitur vir magnus sine aliquo adflatu divino umquam fuit. De Natura DeorumII.167)
  • 1949: H. L. MenckenThe Divine Afflatus

SourceWikitionary and Phailhaüs

Commentary:

It is both amazing what we have managed to recover from Roman times. It is sad how much knowledge and science was reinvented before we rediscovered. Makes you wonder what other cultures, further in the past, invited, that we think is exclusive to the modern age.

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