genius loci


genius lo·​ci -ˈlō-ˌsī How to pronounce genius loci (audio)
: the pervading spirit of a place
: a tutelary deity of a place

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Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The wealthy part-time residents, with their renovation and caretaking and groundskeeping needs, are the mill in this town, so the genius loci is also an employer. Rafil Kroll-zaidi, Harper’s Magazine , 17 Aug. 2022

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Word History



First Known Use

1575, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of genius loci was in 1575

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“Genius loci.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Sep. 2022.

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