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The Blogging From A to Z April Challenge: N is for Numinous

Monday, 16 April 2012

My posts in the The Blogging From A to Z April Challenge are all about interesting words. Words that are weird, intriguing, poetic or just plain cool.

N is for Numinous

Such a lovely word. For quite a while I didn't know what it meant and assumed it was maybe something like luminous. Or maybe numerous. I like the way our brains try to fill in like that. But in fact, the word means mysterious, awe-inspring or supernatural. It comes from the latin numen, meaning divine will.

You can also say "numinosity". Now there's a good word to drop into the conversation today ...

Archaeopteryx Blunderbuss Chthonic Dreadnought Entropy Fulgurite Gargantua Humbucking Ichthyic Juggernaut Kappa Labyrinthine Megrim Numinous


  1. What a wondrous word! Yay! take care

  2. Awesome word!

    At first read, I thought it might actually have something to do with numistatics -- coins or currency.

  3. Thanks, Old Kitty!

    Chris - I wonder if they're related? Hard to see how but it's funny how words evolve.

  4. Wow, what a cool word. My first thought was that it would be something similar to numerous. I love the meaning of your word for today!

  5. Thanks, Tracy. Glad it was of interest.

  6. This is an amazing word in so many ways. I need to start using it more often!

  7. Nicole - Thanks. Hope you have a numinous day.

  8. Oh love that word! Had no idea that's what it would mean :)

    Anna@Herding Cats & Burning Soup

  9. Anna - Glad to be of interest!


I'd love to know what you think.