Genius-loci meaning

jēnē-əs lōsī, -kē, -kī
The distinctive atmosphere or pervading spirit of a place.
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The guardian deity of a place.
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The general atmosphere of a place.
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The spirit or one of the spirits presiding over or guarding a particular place, such as a glade or pool.
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The geist, distinctive atmosphere, or characteristic spirit of a place, especially when regarded as an artistic muse.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
genius-loci
Plural:
genii-loci, genii-locorum

Origin of genius-loci

  • Latin genius locī genius spirit locī genitive sing. of locus place

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin genius (“lar”) + locī (“of (a) place”), genitive singular form of locus (“place”, “location”) = “(guardian) spirit of a place”.

    From Wiktionary