inspired

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Adjective[edit]

inspired (comparative more inspired, superlative most inspired)

  1. Having excellence through inspiration.
    The actor's inspired performance of Hamlet's soliloquy left the audience dumbfounded.
    • 2011 October 23, Tom Fordyce, “2011 Rugby World Cup final: New Zealand 8-7 France”, in BBC Sport[1]:
      New Zealand were crowned world champions for the first time in 24 years after squeezing past an inspired France team by a single point.
  2. Filled with inspiration or motivated.
    The artist was inspired to paint a true masterpiece.
    He was inspired to learn to fly.
  3. (religion) Infused with power or knowledge granted from a supernatural entity; possessing inspiration from the divine.
    Korean shamans are thought to be capable of inspired speech, in which they convey the words of the gods.
    • 1824, John Davidson, Discourses on Prophecy, in which are considered its structure, use, and inspiration: being the substance of twelve sermons preached in the chapel of Lincoln's Inn[2], London: John Murray, Albermarle Street, page 502:
      The point which I wish to establish is this, that the whole prediction of the future establishment of the religion of the Gospel was an inspired prediction, a prediction answerable to the highest test of a supernatural prescience.
  4. (of air) Drawn into the lungs; inhaled.
  5. (obsolete) Inflated.

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Verb[edit]

inspired

  1. simple past tense and past participle of inspire.
    • 2006, Edwin Black, chapter 1, in Internal Combustion[3]:
      But electric vehicles and the batteries that made them run became ensnared in corporate scandals, fraud, and monopolistic corruption that shook the confidence of the nation and inspired automotive upstarts.

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Verb[edit]

inspired

  1. simple past/past participle of inspiren