Definition of numen in US English:

numen

nounPlural numina

  • The spirit or divine power presiding over a thing or place.

    • ‘In the work of the late Swaminathan, the cultural symbols are converted to serve the elusive numen with a formal language.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Carew's speaker chooses to drain the Christian supernatural of its numen.’
    • ‘It is able to do this because of the numen, the specific energy stored up in the archetype.’
    • ‘As he wrote in ‘The Truth and Life of Myth,’ ‘The word numen I take from Rudolf Otto's The Idea of the Holy.’’
    • ‘There was neither numen, nor fear, nor ecstasy.’
    • ‘Whatever numen is cast in the appropriate role depends on the personnel to hand.’
    deity, god, goddess, mother goddess, divine being, celestial being, supreme being
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Origin

Early 17th century: from Latin.

Pronunciation

numen

/ˈn(y)o͞omən/