Definition of locus classicus in English:

locus classicus

Syllabification: lo·cus clas·si·cus
Pronunciation: /ˈlōkəs ˈklasikəs

noun (plural loci classici /ˈlōˌsī ˈklasəˌsī, ˈlōˌsē ˈklasəˌsē, ˈlōˌkē ˈklasiˌkē, ˈlōˌkī ˈklasiˌkī/)

  • A passage considered to be the best known or most authoritative on a particular subject.
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    • While it may not be the locus classicus on the subject, our passage in many respects does seem to represent the final word on right worship.
    • As Gerhard Von Rad states, Genesis 2: 7 is ‘a locus classicus of Old Testament anthropology.’
    • Their pioneering work is still the locus classicus for these languages.


Latin, literally 'classical place'.

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