- 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.
Origin of numinous
Related Words for numinousairy, devotional, disembodied, divine, ethereal, extramundane, ghostly, holy, immaterial, incorporeal, intangible, metaphysical, nonphysical, otherworldly, platonic, pure, rarefied, refined, sacred, supernal
Examples from the Web for numinous
Contemporary Examples of numinous
They have had a spiritual or numinous or paranormal experience at some point in their own lives.Eben Alexander Has a GPS for Heaven
October 8, 2014
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
- denoting, being, or relating to a numen; divine
- arousing spiritual or religious emotions
- mysterious or awe-inspiring
Word Origin for numinous
Word Origin and History for numinous
"divine, spiritual," 1640s, from Latin numen (genitive numinis) "divine will," properly "divine approval expressed by nodding the head," from nuere "to nod," from PIE *neu- "to nod" (cf. Greek neuein "to nod") + -ous.