[ 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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/ (ˈnjuːmɛn) /

nounplural -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

Origin of numen

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

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