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Dec 19, 2001
This week's theme
Words with irregular plurals

This week's words
occiput
opus
numen
chrysalis
virtuoso

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numen

(NOO-muhn, NYOO-), plural numina (-muh-nuh) Pronunciation RealAudio

noun: Divine power, deity, or spirit presiding in a place. Also creative energy.

From Latin numen (nod, divine power).

"Descent of waters receives much more stress than their volatilization into steam rising above the Falls, the symbolic transformation of unconscious material into spirit or numen."
James F. Hamilton; The Hero's Journey to Niagara in Chateaubriand and Heredia; Romance Quarterly (Lexington, Kentucky); Apr, 1994.

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It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong. -Voltaire, philosopher (1694-1778)

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