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Friday, August 23, 2002

Definitions for numinous

  1. Of or pertaining to a numen; supernatural.
  2. Filled with or characterized by a sense of a supernatural presence.
  3. Inspiring awe and reverence; spiritual.

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Citations for numinous
Smoking is a ritual, and it has all the numinous force of a ritual. Thomas W. Laqueur, The New Republic
All Quests are concerned with some numinous Object, the Waters of Life, the Grail, buried treasure etc. W. H. Auden, New York Times
Origin of numinous
1640-1650
Numinous is from Latin numen: literally a "nod of the head," as in giving a command, hence "divine power."