- plural of numen.
- 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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Examples from the Web for numina
The gods are nomina and not numina, names without being and not beings without name.The Elementary Forms of the Religious Life
Within the family every act, every relation, was matter of religion; the numina had to be considered in regard to it.The Religious Experience of the Roman People
W. Warde Fowler
Somnia qua mentes ludunt volitantibus umbris,Non delumbra deum nec ab there numina mittunt,Sed sibi quisque facit.A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 9 (of 10)
Franois-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
The ideas are simpler, the numina seem less cold and more protective, the worshippers more sensible of divine aid.The Religion of Ancient Rome
- the plural of numen
- (esp in ancient Roman religion) a deity or spirit presiding over a thing or place
- a guiding principle, force, or spirit
C17: from Latin: a nod (indicating a command), divine power; compare nuere to nod
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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper