Afflated


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Aug 30 2019 19

Afflated is an adjective that means inspired, especially by spiritual or divine means.

Our word of the day’s earliest record use is from 19th century poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning. The word afflate — meaning ‘blow up’ as in something done to a balloon — had already been in use, but in Barrett’s hands, the word took on a new spiritual meaning.

I love gospel music. After spending a few hours listening to that divinely inspired music, I feel alllated by a higher power.