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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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He baptizes not only up Cherith in the wildlands numinosity east of the River, but also sets up shop near Aenon and Salini, on the west, straddling the route to the south of elite entrepreneurial traffic, coming down from Scythopolis to Jerusalem, after partying and schmoozing with Herod in Tiberias (Jh 4:23; Sawicki, 4, 145-6, 158, 173, 185; Stinehart, 2008, 1).
Terror and numinosity go together, and Vasarely, that great voyager in infinite space, seems to be a mystic in search of lost gods.
can drive the human intellection of an incognizable numinosity,
It examines in depth Lewis's symbolism of the color green in his descriptions of nature, what Patterson terms his "evocations of green numinosity in his poems and fantasies" (11.
Individuals and cultures are alike in having at their disposal images or entities into which numinosity may be deposited.
He could also have quoted from the Bible's Genesis 1:26, Psalms 82:6, and John 10:34 to enlighten his congregation about their numinosity.
The Mariner's condition is due to the loss of his spiritual numinosity in a one -sided ego-consciousness.
Auden is keenly aware that his age--Caliban's audience--is in love with the failed Romantic hero (of either secular or religious variety) and actually put off by the aesthetic hero--like Caliban, a begged-question, a highly indeterminate aesthetic presence, an impossible sign that the imagination is drawn to (finds numinosity in) the subjective world of thoughts and feelings in the "physical-historical nature of fallen man" ("Balaam and His Ass," DH, 131).
Lanham warns that once education "has become simply instrumental, the clear, brief, and sincere transmission of neutral fact from one neutral entity to another, it loses its numinosity and then its power.
7) We see in Henderson's ministry a clear echo of the renaissance years of men's ministry in the early 1990s when there was a complex two-directional influence with the secular mythopoetic men's movement and its love for the wilderness and the numinosity of the great outdoors (Gelfer, 2009, pp.
For all of his clear and not so clear statements of apostasy about the Anglo-Catholic faith in which he grew up, for all his insistence on a metaphysics of this world, unhindered by Christian doctrine, the language he has employed, as he endows the natural world with numinosity, even in its ultimate meaninglessness, is often based on a Christian lexicon.
He associates such unrepresentability with the feelings of awe, astonishment, and terror that we have already found in Longinus and Burke but he adds that dimension of "formlessness" which generates the feeling of the sublime with its numinosity leading thus to a complete failure of language to encompass the condition: Moses's god is formless, so is Plato's demiurge and Darwin's evolution.