1. inspiration; an impelling mental force acting from within; a sudden rush of creative impulse or inspiration, often attributed to divine influence.
2. divine communication of knowledge.
3. a breath or blast of wind.
4. blown, breathed on, having been blown or breathed on.
Etymology: from Latin afflatus, originally adflatu (compare English flatulence, “digestive gas, fart”), past participle of afflo, “to blow on”. In artistic sense, introduced by Cicero in De Natura Deorum (The Nature of the Gods) (44 BCE), as alternative to existing and similar inspiration (literally “sucking in air”).
[Autumn Skye Morrison - Devotion]