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genius loci Syllabification: ge·ni·us lo·ci
Pronunciation: /ˈjēnēəs ˈlōsī/ /-kī/

Definition of genius loci in English:


[in singular]
1The prevailing character or atmosphere of a place.
Example sentences
  • Having visited his bare-bones Tribeca studio with its funky, timbered two-story space, I've gotten a sense of the genius loci of Georges's recent art.
  • We can learn a ton about baseball while feeling both the spine shivers of contact with ‘holy’ items and the touch of genius loci, the magic of real and special places.
  • The objective was to find the genius loci of a place and in Lasdun's words ‘the soul of the building’.
1.1The presiding god or spirit of a place.
Example sentences
  • She supposes that, in earlier times, ‘every tree, every spring, every stream, every hill had its own genius loci, its guardian spirit’.


Early 17th century: Latin, literally 'spirit of the place'.

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