[ noo-muh-nuh, nyoo- ]
/ ˈnu mə nə, ˈnyu- /


plural of numen.

Nearby words

  1. numerously,
  2. numic,
  3. numidia,
  4. numidian,
  5. numidian crane,
  6. numinous,
  7. numis.,
  8. numismatic,
  9. numismatics,
  10. numismatist


[ 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.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for numina


/ (ˈnjuːmɪnə) /


the plural of 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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Word Origin and History for numina



"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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