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Expand Your Vocabulary with ‘Numinous’

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Expand Your Vocabulary with ‘Numinous’

In our never-ending quest to better your vocabulary and give you the perfect word for any occasion, we present today's word: Numinous.


It’s that time again: time to sort through your vocabulary wardrobe and give you a few more choices to keep your style fresh and your old standbys from getting worn out. This week’s word is “numinous” and we think it’s going to be a great addition to your adjective arsenal.

Numinous is “having a strong religious or spiritual quality; indicating or suggesting the presence of a divinity.” Any person, place or even a moment in time can have a numinous effect on you. In a world where words like “awesome” and “epic” are now so overused they’ve lost most of their verbal punch, a word like numinous feels like the fine china you save for just the right occasions.

Wondering how to use it? Some examples of practical use of numinous include, “Seeing the family of elk in the light of early morning had a numinous quality to it.” Or, “The first few notes of Mozart’s ‘Lacrimosa’ can fill a room with a numinous atmosphere like none other.” The thing we like best about this word is that numinous experiences catch you off guard, like a subtle reminder of the divine that comes and whispers in your ear when you’re least expecting it.

So, the next time you look up at the night sky and feel a part of something much bigger, or look into a child’s face and see the hope of the world, you can perfectly articulate your feelings by exclaiming, “This is so numinous, I have to cherish it!”

Check out the video above for more examples of this week’s word and go out in search of your next numinous moment!