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Definition of "numinous" []

  • Of or relating to a numen; supernatural. (adjective)
  • Filled with or characterized by a sense of a supernatural presence: a numinous place. (adjective)
  • Spiritually elevated; sublime. (adjective)
  • Denoting, being, or relating to a numen; divine (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Arousing spiritual or religious emotions (adjective)
  • Mysterious or awe-inspiring (adjective)

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Use "numinous" in a sentence
  • "The term numinous is also used by C.G. Jung to depict a spiritual experience involving some kind of alteration of ego-based consciousness (i.e. "altered states")."
  • "The term numinous is often said to have been coined by the German Lutheran scholar Rudolf"
  • "Just as many of the people who believe in numinous coincidence and supernatural intervention are secretly hoping to prove that it is they themselves who are the pet of the universe, so many of those who overcompensate for inferiority are possessed of titanic egos and regard other people as necessary but incidental."