ersatz_read (ersatz_read) wrote in 1word1day,

Monday word: numen

numen (nmn, ny-), noun.
1.  Divine spirit; presiding divinity.
2.  A spiritual force or influence identified with a natural object, phenomenon, or place.

Etymology:  From Latin nuere, to nod.  In Latin, numen means "divine will" or "divine sway".
First known English use is from the early 1600s; the adjective form (numinous) is dated to the mid 1600s.

I remember when I first saw "The Empire Strikes Back", I couldn't decide if Yoda was saying "Luminous beings are we" or "Numinous beings are we".
Tags: latin, n, noun, wordsmith: ersatz_read

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