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numen (plural numina)
- a divinity, especially a local or presiding god
1965, Thomas Pynchon, The Crying of Lot 49:
- Where were Secretaries James and Foster and Senator Joseph, those dear daft numina who’d mothered over Oedipa’s so temperate youth?
1985, Anthony Burgess, Kingdom of the Wicked:
- It was the solid and immovable tabernacle of the living numen whose son he had known, though but briefly and not intimately, in the flesh, and whose message he accepted with all his heart.
- Can be simply an action noun of *nuō, for *nuimen, from *nuō + -men, thus meaning "a nodding with the head", "a nod", "command", "will" (as nūtus), with the particular meaning of "the divine will", "the will or power of the gods", "divine sway".
- Others suggest the Ancient Greek word νοούμενον (nooúmenon) ("an influence perceptible by mind but not by senses"), from νοέω (noéō), was borrowed into Early Latin as the word noumen, whose spelling changed to numen in Classical Latin.
Third declension neuter.
- “numen” in Charlton T. Lewis & Charles Short, A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1879.
- ^ Erasmus, Desiderius ♦ Collected Works of Erasmus University of Toronto Press, 1985, p. 415
- ^ Riccioli, Giovanni Battista ♦ Prosodia Bononiensis Reformata Typis Seminarii Patavii, 1714, p. 47
numen m (plural numina)