[ 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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Origin of numinous

1640–50; < Latin nūmin- (stem of nūmen) numen + -ous Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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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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