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Thursday, May 03, 2012

Definitions for numen

  1. Divine power, especially one who inhabits a particular object.

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Citations for numen
This “liquid” flowing up his arm and out of the other was numen, the divine substance, the sacred spirit that lives in a certain place in the body and sustains us all. Jonathan Carroll, White Apples
He was now fairly confident that a shrine, unlike a temple, would contain no resident numen. Dave Duncan, Present Tense (Round Two of the Great Game)
Origin of numen
Numen is derived from the Latin word nūmen meaning "a nod, command, or divine will or power."