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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/
Latin.
1.
guardian 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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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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