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  • s  evincing the presence of a deity
    a numinous wood
    the most numinous moment in the Mass
  • a  of or relating to or characteristic of a numen

  • 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.
  • Yet even if scientists were to establish a unified theory for Stradivari's greatness, musicians will always be inclined to spiritual explanations that reflect the numinous and .
  • Mills makes every nuance numinous, so that he seems to be in the hands of a destiny rather than a playwright.
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  • 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.”
    June 12, 2013 - Smoky Mountain News

  • Carl Jung in Los Angeles Times
    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."
  • Simon Schama in
    The American future is all vision,Schama writes, "numinous, unformed, light-headed with anticipation".
  • Barnett Newman in San Francisco Chronicle
    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...

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