aura

You know that intangible glow, that certain magical something that your mom gives off? Get your glasses fixed and you'll see the aura emanating from her head isn't her special powers — just your bad eyes.

You may have heard the noun aura used to describe the atmosphere surrounding something magical, like a fairy, or around a living being, like the calm vibes emanating from a meditating yogi. But did you know that it can refer to the sensation — one of coolness or bright light — that’s experienced before the onset of a seizure or migraine? Aura can also apply to the force that some people believe radiates from living organisms as an indicator of their unique essence.

Definitions of aura
  1. noun
    a distinctive but intangible quality surrounding a person or thing
    “the place had an aura of romance”
    synonyms: air, atmosphere, patina
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    types:
    mystique
    an aura of heightened value or interest or meaning surrounding a person or thing
    note
    a characteristic emotional quality
    vibe, vibration
    a distinctive emotional aura experienced instinctively
    type of:
    quality
    an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone
  2. noun
    an indication of radiant light drawn around the head of a saint
    synonyms: aureole, gloriole, glory, halo, nimbus
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    type of:
    light, lightness
    the visual effect of illumination on objects or scenes as created in pictures
  3. noun
    a sensation (as of a cold breeze or bright light) that precedes the onset of certain disorders such as a migraine attack or epileptic seizure
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    symptom
    (medicine) any sensation or change in bodily function that is experienced by a patient and is associated with a particular disease
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