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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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Looking at these faces, we get a glimpse of the numinous, which looms in any spiritual encounter.
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Picasso, with the violence he displayed towards his sitters and to the world in general--above all his concrete sense of space that rarely allows room for the numinous other than in a superstitious use of African masks has always seemed the most materialistic, least spiritual of painters.
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All the flora and fauna, rivers and mountains, earth and ether mark this numinous care.
All manifestations of yogic mythology are simply reflections of one numinous source, and they provide endless avenues by which we can discover that source within ourselves," she writes.
The artist views the creative experience as numinous and believes it can be transformed through the interaction with and assimilation of the archetypal images and energies.
The numinous, that "unique experience of confrontation with power not of this world," has been exploited and used to colonize the minds of the susceptible and the exploitation will continue for as long as we do.
And then a couple of hours later to reflect on the stunning poetry of laughter, how it transcends the everyday and has the transformative, transcendental, almost numinous power to heal the woes of the world, and then to have a laugh again.
One could hear the echoes of Robert Hass, but Roo seemed more numinous or metaphysical.