Definition of numen in English:
noun (plural numina /-mənə/)
The spirit or divine power presiding over a thing or place.
- 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.
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