Numinous - #528


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Mar 02 2019 16

Today's word of the day is numinous, N-U-M-I-N-O-U-S. Numinous is an adjective that means supernatural or mysterious.


The Latin word numen (NOO men) for 'divine will' got things started, but the word numinous picked up steam in the seventeenth century, broadening to mean anything mysterious. Something doesn't have to actually come from the heavens above to be described as numinous, it only has to seem as though it had.


My daughter's skill at painting is nothing short of numinous. It looks as if her paintbrush was guided by forces from above.


Numinous is spelled N-U-M-I-N-O-U-S.