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numinous

[noo-muh-nuh s, nyoo-] /ˈnu mə nəs, ˈnyu-/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or like a numen; spiritual or supernatural.
2.
surpassing comprehension or understanding; mysterious:
that element in artistic expression that remains numinous.
3.
arousing one's elevated feelings of duty, honor, loyalty, etc.:
a benevolent and numinous paternity.
Origin of numinous
1640-1650
1640-50; < Latin nūmin- (stem of nūmen) numen + -ous
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numinous

/ˈnjuːmɪnəs/
adjective
1.
denoting, being, or relating to a numen; divine
2.
arousing spiritual or religious emotions
3.
mysterious or awe-inspiring
Word Origin
C17: from Latin numin-,numen + -ous
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Word Origin and History for numinous
adj.

"divine, spiritual," 1640s, from Latin numen (genitive numinis) "divine will," properly "divine approval expressed by nodding the head," from nuere "to nod," from PIE *neu- "to nod" (cf. Greek neuein "to nod") + -ous.

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