numinous numinous

Definition(s):

  1. (adj) evincing the presence of a deity
  2. (adj) of or relating to or characteristic of a numen

Usage(s):

  1. If Aquino's blaze of righteousness is partly responsible for her luminous, even numinous, magnetism, it also explains her unbending ruthlessness in applying an eye for an eye.
  2. Mills makes every nuance numinous, so that he seems to be in the hands of a destiny rather than a playwright.
  3. By the late '80s, Japan's construction frenzy had penetrated even to Iya, and I began to fear that the numinous valley would end up encased in concrete.

News

  • Morgan conjures the past with a poet skill

    Robert Morgan has a rare and cunning gift: he can sift through the detritus of the past, pluck objects and images from his memory (especially his childhood) and elevate them to the point where they become — in the sense that Joseph Campbell uses the word — “numinous.”
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Smoky Mountain News

Quotes

  1. Or as the poetic Jung wrote in a 1957 text chosen by Shamdasani to preface the edition, it is "the numinous beginning, which contained everything."
    on Apr 10, 2010 By: Carl Jung Source: Los Angeles Times

  2. "The American future is all vision," Schama writes, "numinous, unformed, light-headed with anticipation".
    on Oct 31, 2008 By: Simon Schama Source: guardian.co.uk

  3. "Ancient art was preoccupied with the creation of gods," Newman wrote, "with the expression of forces, with numinous beings. We realize that with the rise of Christianity this activity was removed from man by a rationalized religion and also...
    on Feb 15, 2004 By: Barnett Newman Source: San Francisco Chronicle

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