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 (no͞o′mə-nəs, nyo͞o′-)
1. Of or relating to a numen; supernatural.
2. Filled with or characterized by a sense of a supernatural presence: a numinous place.
3. Spiritually elevated; sublime.

[From Latin nūmen, nūmin-, numen.]

nu′mi·nos′i·ty (-nŏs′ĭ-tē) n.


1. denoting, being, or relating to a numen; divine
2. arousing spiritual or religious emotions
3. mysterious or awe-inspiring
[C17: from Latin numin-, numen + -ous]


(ˈnu mə nəs, ˈnyu-)

1. of, pertaining to, or like a numen; spiritual or supernatural.
2. surpassing comprehension or understanding; mysterious.
3. arousing one's elevated feelings of duty, honor, loyalty, etc.
[1640–50; < Latin nūmin- (s. of nūmen) numen]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.numinous - evincing the presence of a deity; "a numinous wood"; "the most numinous moment in the Mass"
sacred - concerned with religion or religious purposes; "sacred texts"; "sacred rites"; "sacred music"
2.numinous - of or relating to or characteristic of a numen


adjective (Formal) holy, religious, heavenly, spiritual, divine, mysterious, supernatural, awe-inspiring the most natural and numinous of human passions


Of or concerned with the spirit rather than the body or material things:
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The Numinous comprises anything possessing ritual, belief, deep feeling, or community.
4 Where, whistling serenely, I tread the numinous winds.
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