Vocabulary / Knowledge

Today's Word "numinous"

numinous \NOO-min-us; NYOO-\ (adjective) - 1 : Of or pertaining to a numen; supernatural. 2 : Indicating or suggesting the presence of a god; divine; holy. 3 : Inspiring awe and reverence; spiritual.

"Frank was fond of pointing out that, while our culture was not much concerned with the numinous, in our language we preserve many of the marks of a culture that is."

Numinous is from Latin numen: literally a "nod of the head," as in giving a command, hence "divine power."


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