Etymology
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numen (n.)

"divine spirit, presiding divinity," 1620s, from Latin numen "divine will, divinity," literally "a nod" (the notion is "divine approval expressed by nodding the head"), from nuere "to nod" (assent); see numinous.

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Definitions of numen

numen (n.)
a spirit believed to inhabit an object or preside over a place (especially in ancient Roman religion);
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