numen

[ noo-min, nyoo- ]
/ ˈnu mɪn, ˈnyu- /

noun, plural nu·mi·na [noo-muh-nuh, nyoo-]. /ˈnu mə nə, ˈnyu-/.

divine power or spirit; a deity, especially one presiding locally or believed to inhabit a particular object.

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Origin of numen

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 numen

numen
/ (ˈnjuːmɛn) /

noun plural -mina (-mɪnə)

(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

C17: from Latin: a nod (indicating a command), divine power; compare nuere to nod
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