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Jan 2, 2012
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numinous
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A.Word.A.Day
with Anu Garg

A joyous and peaceful new year to all linguaphiles.

New hopes, new beginnings, a new year promises an opportunity to wipe the slate clean and begin afresh.

In AWAD, we'll begin the new year with new words. Well, they aren't really that new, they just sound new. This week we'll feature five words that begin with the "new" sound.

numinous

PRONUNCIATION:
(NOO-muh-nuhs, NYOO-)

MEANING:
adjective: Supernatural, mysterious, or awe-inspiring.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin numen (nod of the head, command, divine will). Earliest documented use: 1647.

USAGE:
"Rol and Noey's lives unfold in an atmosphere of mildly magical realism: a numinous shimmer at the edges of the everyday."
Geordie Williamson; Unsettled by Pain; The Australian (Sydney); Dec 3, 2011.

See more usage examples of numinous in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
My own experience and development deepen every day my conviction that our moral progress may be measured by the degree in which we sympathize with individual suffering and individual joy. -George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans), novelist (1819-1880)

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