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numinous


adjective

  1. of, relating to, or like a numen; spiritual or supernatural.
  2. surpassing comprehension or understanding; mysterious: that element in artistic expression that remains numinous.
  3. arousing one’s elevated feelings of duty, honor, loyalty, etc.: a benevolent and numinous paternity.

adjective

  1. denoting, being, or relating to a numen; divine
  2. arousing spiritual or religious emotions
  3. mysterious or awe-inspiring
adj.

“divine, spiritual,” 1640s, from Latin numen (genitive numinis) “divine will,” properly “divine approval expressed by nodding the head,” from nuere “to nod,” from PIE *neu- “to nod” (cf. Greek neuein “to nod”) + -ous.

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