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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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What Holt means by |deconstruction' is thinking psychology through to the point where it interfaces with |ontology', which Holt equates with the experience of the numinous (an associative link with Jung's use of Rudolf Otto).
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Nature and the Numinous in Mythopoeic Fantasy Literature
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In all these works, we're dealing with the sublime--both the mathematical as well as the dynamical sublime, in Kant's sense of those terms--"aspiring" to become numinous. As Kant writes, the sublime "forces us, subjectively, to think nature itself in its totality as a presentation of something supersensible, without being able objectively to arrive at this presentation." The sublime suggests the "subjective purposiveness of our mind in the employment of the Imagination for its supersensible destination." However empirically objective and detailed Senju's description of the naturally given may be, he is reaching beyond nature, as it were, to imaginatively feel its supersensible totality, which, paradoxically, is peculiarly objectified in his calm, intimate handling of light and dark.
In the general silence of a Cistercian abbey, one might hope for the numinous to reveal itself -- and so it does in John Slater's poems.
That's the way it is." With a rich thematic register (mythic images, sagas, and ballads), especially in the excellent introductory cycle, "Elegies from the North," themes of exile are also highlighted, together with themes of war and prophetic foreboding, the collapse of values and basic heritage of civilization, followed by the sensual confessions in the form of male-female dialogue; the atmosphere of the metropolis opposed to the perfection of the numinous imagination, and eternal departures and returns to Slovenia.
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Particularly noteworthy are his observations on the difficulty that Protestant seminarians with a strong "initial charismatic encounter of the numinous" (the prophetic) face in accepting "professional training" for ordination, particularly when that training directs them toward "the ritual power of holiness" (the priestly) (57).
Among their perspectives are the fertility goddess of the Zulu, the flow of dance in Oceania, Rachel Carson and numinous experience between land and sea, and the neglect and reclamation of water as sacred resource.
This experience of wonder has close parallels to the religious concept of the numinous discussed in Rudolf Otto's famous work The Idea of the Holy published in 1919.
A freethinker with a long-smoldering yen for the numinous, she pursues her quarry in the most prosaic of liminal locales: in screened porches, hospital corridors, on public transport, in doorways, stairwells, and the rooms of a dislocated childhood.