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

Examples of genius loci in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Inspiration was found in the genius loci of this region, known for both the elegance of its Renaissance villas and the rough-hewn farmhouses that date back to medieval times. ELLE Decor, 30 Nov. 2022 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 4 Dec. 2023.

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