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genius loci

[gen-i-oo s loh-kee; English jee-nee-uh s loh-sahy, -kahy] /ˈgɛn ɪˌʊs ˈloʊ ki; English ˈdʒi ni əs ˈloʊ saɪ, -kaɪ/
noun, Latin.
1.
the guardian spirit of a place.
2.
the distinctive character or atmosphere of a place with reference to the impression that it makes on the mind.
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  • To me, who find it so difficult to tell the little that I know, he stands essentially as a genius loci.

  • His sermon was, in fact, quite in accordance with the day and the genius loci.

    The Cruise of the Elena J. Ewing Ritchie
  • Just here it was that our Mayor fell out with our genius loci.

    The Mayor of Troy Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • They are its tradition, its memory, its quintessence, the genius loci incarnate.

    The Deserted Woman Honore de Balzac
  • The genius loci, the Chevalier himself, was not the last to welcome this prime stay and ornament of his establishment.

    The Fortunes of Nigel Sir Walter Scott
  • That the genius loci is Episcopalian Protestant no one will deny.

    Ireland and the Home Rule Movement Michael F. J. McDonnell
  • Even the genius loci is educative, in its own quiet, subtle way.

  • The loon is the genius loci of the wild northern lakes, as solitary as they are.

    Birds and Poets John Burroughs
British Dictionary definitions for genius loci

genius loci

/ˈdʒiːnɪəs ˈləʊsaɪ/
noun
1.
the guardian spirit of a place
2.
the special atmosphere of a particular place
Word Origin
genius of the place
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