genius loci

noun
genius lo·​ci | \ -ˈlō-ˌsī How to pronounce genius loci (audio) , -ˌkē \

Definition of genius loci

1 : the pervading spirit of a place
2 : a tutelary deity of a place

First Known Use of genius loci

1575, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for genius loci

Latin

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“Genius loci.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/genius%20loci. Accessed 28 Jul. 2021.

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