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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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Rather, the truth is numinously present and grasped connaturally; in the intuition of the gratuitous orderliness of the world, we discern that there is more to existence than science can ever capture.
The 168-member governing body numinously endorsed detailed plan to execute the World Exposition, which is considered world's third largest global event after the Olympics and the World Cup.
But Hill does not universally scorn Peguy's visions of "strange Christian hope" Vincent Sherry rightly finds "strange" the key word in Hill's phrase "strange Christian hope," but he seems only to mystify its importance when he adds that it "refers to a Christian hope that is, for Geoffrey Hill, foreign, perhaps finally unattainable, yet at the same time numinously strange" (204).
THERE was something unique and amazing about General Marcel Bigeard--who passed away at 94 on June 18, 2010--right to the end of a long, full, super-constructive, courageous existence; so much so that one might almost he forgiven by Voltaire (who enjoined us to walk without mental crutches) in believing that Bigeard's entire life was superstitiously, numinously protected.
In this future paradise nature lovers will contemplate "with awe-struck reverence scenes of overpowering sublimity eclipsing the superficial prettiness on offer before"; a musician will play music "more exhilarating and numinously beautiful than his or her ancestors ever dreamed of" and far more beautiful than the "celestial music of the spheres heard by privileged medieval mystics"; contemplators of works of visual art will "behold the secular equivalent of the beatific vision in a million different guises, each of indescribable glory"; and, in general, the "ravishing splendor" of "states of divine happiness [will be] orders of magnitude more beautiful than anything the contemporary mind can access.