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numina

[noo-muh-nuh, nyoo-] /ˈnu mə nə, ˈnyu-/
noun
1.
plural of numen.

numen

[noo-min, nyoo-] /ˈnu mɪn, ˈnyu-/
noun, plural numina
[noo-muh-nuh, nyoo-] /ˈnu mə nə, ˈnyu-/ (Show IPA)
1.
divine power or spirit; a deity, especially one presiding locally or believed to inhabit a particular object.
Origin
1620-1630
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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British Dictionary definitions for numina

numina

/ˈnjuːmɪnə/
noun
1.
the plural of numen

numen

/ˈnjuːmɛn/
noun (pl) -mina (-mɪnə)
1.
(esp in ancient Roman religion) a deity or spirit presiding over a thing or place
2.
a guiding principle, force, or spirit
Word Origin
C17: from Latin: a nod (indicating a command), divine power; compare nuere to nod
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Word Origin and History for numina

numen

n.

"divine spirit, presiding divinity," 1620s, from Latin numen "divine will, divinity," literally "a nod," from nuere "to nod" (assent); see numinous.

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