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When I hear somebody sigh that "Life is hard," I am always tempted to ask, "Compared to what?"
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English

Etymology

From Old French inspiration.

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Noun

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inspiration

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inspiration (s)
  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 expiration.
  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.
  3. 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.

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References

inspiration” in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.


French

Etymology

From Late Latin inspirationem (nominative: inspiratio), from [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] inspiratus (past participle of inspirare).

Noun

inspiration f. (plural inspirations)

  1. inspiration
  2. a breath

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