"That's a great deal to make one word mean," Alice said in a thoughtful tone. "When I make a word do a lot of work like that," said Humpty Dumpty, "I always pay it extra."

Thursday, 5 March 2009


Numinous means filled with awe or wonder; evincing the presence of a deity; feeling that you are in the presence of God or something greater than yourself.

“He felt none of that numinous awe born of emptiness and the ... of plainsong on the silent air that ancient churches could evoke.” - P. D James 'The Lighthouse'

“The silence was numinous, broken only by the sound of the sea.”- P. D James 'The Lighthouse'


  1. Yay! Thanks for introducing me to a new favorite word. I've always wanted to learn a good word to use in poetry that would rhyme with luminous. :)

  2. Added to my "word list" for sure!