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numinous Syllabification: nu·mi·nous
Pronunciation: /ˈn(y)o͞omənəs/

Definition of numinous in English:


Having a strong religious or spiritual quality; indicating or suggesting the presence of a divinity: the strange, numinous beauty of this ancient landmark
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  • It's a different spiritual awareness than the numinous qualities of James MacMillan or the orthodox, religion-poaching Tavener.
  • More than that, though, it is a mysterious, numinous presence that inhabits it, both attractive and frightening, grand and gentle, like the spirit of the sea itself, and the peoples that live by and with it.
  • Brunnehilde, when she informs Siegmund of his imminent death, is another such darkling, numinous presence.
spiritual, religious, divine, holy, sacred;
mysterious, otherworldly, unearthly, transcendent


Mid 17th century: from Latin numen, numin- 'divine power' + -ous.

Words that rhyme with numinous

bituminous, leguminous, luminous, voluminous

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