Monday, 16 April 2012

Entry: afflatus (n.)

In context: "...she [Joelle] feels not empathy or maternal nurture any longer, just a desire to swallow every last drop of saliva she will ever manufacture and exit this vessel, have fifteen more minutes of Too Much Fun, eliminate her map with the afflatus of the blind god of all doorless cages..."

Definition: †1. Breathing, hissing.  [ < Latin afflātus serpentis.] Obs.


2. The miraculous communication of supernatural knowledge; hence also, the imparting of an over-mastering impulse, poetic or otherwise; inspiration.


SNOOT score: 1

Source: Oxford English Dictionary

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