[ noo-muh-nuh s, nyoo- ]
/ ˈnu mə nəs, ˈnyu- /
of, relating to, or like a numen; spiritual or supernatural.
surpassing comprehension or understanding; mysterious: that element in artistic expression that remains numinous.
arousing one's elevated feelings of duty, honor, loyalty, etc.: a benevolent and numinous paternity.
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Example sentences from the Web for numinous
They have had a spiritual or numinous or paranormal experience at some point in their own lives.
JML: Well, they reveal that he lived in a numinous world where there were forces all around him.Murder, Sex, and the Writing Life: Norman Mailer’s Biography|Ronald K. Fried|November 19, 2013|DAILY BEAST
British Dictionary definitions for numinous
/ (ˈnjuːmɪnəs) /
denoting, being, or relating to a numen; divine
arousing spiritual or religious emotions
mysterious or awe-inspiring
Word Origin for numinous
C17: from Latin numin-, numen + -ous
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