Definition of numen in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈn(y)o͞omən/

noun (plural numina /-mənə/)

The spirit or divine power presiding over a thing or place.
Example sentences
  • Carew's speaker chooses to drain the Christian supernatural of its numen.
  • I feel as if one massive exercise of reason burnt me out, and now I'm moving in a world of numina, moved not by will but by the application of force.
  • In the work of the late Swaminathan, the cultural symbols are converted to serve the elusive numen with a formal language.


Early 17th century: from Latin.

Words that rhyme with numen

crewman, crewmen, energumen, human, ichneumon, Newman, Schumann, subhuman, Trueman

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Syllabification: nu·men

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