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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.
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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]
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(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]
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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
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adjective (Formal) holy, religious, heavenly, spiritual, divine, mysterious, supernatural, awe-inspiring the most natural and numinous of human passions
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Of or concerned with the spirit rather than the body or material things:
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The church that once confused the mystique of its leaders with the mysterium tremendum must pass away.
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Rudolph Otto, a German scholar of comparative religion and a philosopher, articulated the notion of a numinous experience-an experience of a mysterious presence that elicits at the same time fear and fascination, the 'mysterium tremendum' and the 'mysterium fascinosum.'
I am, but they are immense, the mysterium tremendum et fascinans.
God is often described as mysterium tremendum et fascinosum (a mystery that is tremendous yet fascinating).
Among their topics are the glory of God in animal eyes: Ezekiel's cherubim and Clarice's cockroach, Isaiah 1-12: presentation of a (Davidic?) politics, recreating Jerusalem: Trito-Isaiah's vision for the reconstruction of the city, practicing pluralism: re-conceptualizing Introduction to World Religions courses as a vehicle for inter-cultural competence, substitution awe: science fiction cinema and the computer-generated Mysterium Tremendum, and a heart to understand: Deuteronomy 29:23 and the recognition of the divine.
All of Hammick's marvelous images-BP with the exception of Sleeper, a picture of the voyager after as he dreams of his home on the earth, floating beyond it as though unable to come down from the "high" of his voyage--convey what the theologian Rudolf Otto famously called a numinous experience, bringing with it a sense of the mysterium tremendum. Hammick's pictures also afford a sense of what nineteenth-century British painter and critic Roger Fry called "cosmic emotion"; he thought abstract art, at its best, could arouse this sensibility.
--Este negro nas tuas esculturas recorda tambem o numinoso, o mysterium tremendum etfascinans, nomeado por Rudolf Otto.
"mysterium tremendum." Recognition of this reality is not static, he writes, and can be awakened, can mature and evolve.
La de Rudolf Otto Das Heilige de 1917 [18], donde se describe como vivencia del Mysterium tremendum et fascinas, del misterio tremendo y fascinante, que provoca estupor, temor, fascinacion y atraccion al mismo tiempo.