numen

[noo-min, nyoo-]
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noun, plural nu·mi·na [noo-muh-nuh, nyoo-] /ˈnu mə nə, ˈnyu-/.
  1. divine power or spirit; a deity, especially one presiding locally or believed to inhabit a particular object.

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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numen

noun plural -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 for numen

C17: from Latin: a nod (indicating a command), divine power; compare nuere to nod
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Word Origin and History for 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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