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ˈnu mə nəs, ˈnyu-nu·mi·nous

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  1. numinousadjective

    evincing the presence of a deity

    "a numinous wood"; "the most numinous moment in the Mass"

  2. numinousadjective

    of or relating to or characteristic of a numen


  1. numinousadjective

    Related to a numen; indicating the presence of a divinity

  2. numinousadjective

    Awe-inspiring; evoking a sense of the transcendent, mystical or sublime.

    All quests are concerned with a numinous object, e.g. the Holy Grail

  3. Etymology: Circa 1650, from numen


  1. Numinous

    Numinous () is a term derived from the Latin numen, meaning "arousing spiritual or religious emotion; mysterious or awe-inspiring." The term was given its present sense by the German theologian and philosopher Rudolf Otto in his influential 1917 German book The Idea of the Holy. He also used the phrase mysterium tremendum as another description for the phenomenon. Otto's concept of the numinous influenced thinkers including Carl Jung, Mircea Eliade, and C. S. Lewis. It has been applied to theology, psychology, religious studies, literary analysis, and descriptions of psychedelic experiences.


  1. numinous

    Numinous is a term used to describe the feeling of being in the presence of something greater, divine or supernatural. It refers to having a strong religious or spiritual quality, indicating or suggesting the presence of a divinity or something mysterious that's beyond human understanding. The experience often invokes feelings such as fear, fascination, awe, and reverence.


  1. Numinous

    Numinous is an English adjective, taken from the Latin Numen, and used to describe the power or presence of a divinity. The word was popularised in the early twentieth century by the German theologian Rudolf Otto in his influential book Das Heilige. According to Otto, the numinous experience has in addition to the tremendum, which is the tendency to invoke fear and trembling, a quality of fascinans, the tendency to attract, fascinate and compel. The numinous experience also has a personal quality, in that the person feels to be in communion with a wholly other. The numinous experience can lead in different cases to belief in deities, the supernatural, the sacred, the holy and/or the transcendent.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of numinous in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of numinous in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

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