numen

numen

[noo-min, nyoo-]
noun, plural numina [noo-muh-nuh, nyoo-] .
divine power or spirit; a deity, especially one presiding locally or believed to inhabit a particular object.

Origin:
1620–30; < Latin nūmen a nod, command, divine will or power, divinity; akin to nūtāre to nod the head in commanding or assent

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numen (ˈnjuːmɛn)
 
n , pl -mina
1.  (esp in ancient Roman religion) a deity or spirit presiding over a thing or place
2.  a guiding principle, force, or spirit
 
[C17: from Latin: a nod (indicating a command), divine power; compare nuere to nod]

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