A ruling or directing spirit.
- Sheikh Fadlallah, spiritus rector of the most radical Lebanese Shias, was one of the first high-ranking Islamic scholars to condemn the attacks of 11 September 2001.
- In 1995 he founded the Ensemble Vanitas and has remained its spiritus rector and principal conductor.
- In the theater, as director, actor, and author, as spiritus rector, he gathered around him a troupe.
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Syllabification: spir·i·tus rec·tor
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