- divine power or spirit; a deity, especially one presiding locally or believed to inhabit a particular object.
Origin of numen
Related Words for numenaccomplishment, endowment, ability, acquirement, bent, attribute, set, capacity, genius, propensity, head, power, specialty, attainment, faculty, instinct, forte, knack, aptness, capability
Examples from the Web for numen
Historical Examples of numen
I do not say that he or any other numen was the better for the change.
He looked at her, inquiring of her whole person what numen abode in the fane.Robert Falconer
The populus was the tree of Hercules, and the plane-tree was the “numen of Atridæ.”Cultus Arborum
It would seem that every region in Italy had such a numen loci (naturally mainly agricultural).Introduction to the History of Religions
Crawford Howell Toy
Numen is so important a word in the Roman religion that it is necessary to be perfectly clear as to what was meant by it.
- (esp in ancient Roman religion) a deity or spirit presiding over a thing or place
- a guiding principle, force, or spirit
Word Origin for numen
"divine spirit, presiding divinity," 1620s, from Latin numen "divine will, divinity," literally "a nod," from nuere "to nod" (assent); see numinous.