Definition of locus classicus in English:

locus classicus

Pronunciation /ˌləʊkəs ˈklasɪkəs//ˌlɒkəs ˈklasɪkəs/


  • A passage considered to be the best known or most authoritative on a particular subject.

    • ‘The locus classicus for discussing the core police culture remains Skolnick's account of the policeman's ‘working personality’.’
    • ‘Their pioneering work is still the locus classicus for these languages.’
    • ‘Perhaps the locus classicus of modern scholarly dispute over the meaning of a Classical Greek image is the Parthenon frieze.’
    • ‘Aquinas continued, presenting the locus classicus of the Argument from Design.’
    • ‘The locus classicus of this research are the papers by Alberch and Gale that demonstrated a causal link between patterns of digit reduction and the mode of digit development.’
    • ‘While it may not be the locus classicus on the subject, our passage in many respects does seem to represent the final word on right worship.’
    • ‘As Gerhard Von Rad states, Genesis 2: 7 is ‘a locus classicus of Old Testament anthropology.’’
    • ‘If Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations is the locus classicus of economic theory, and the defense of the free society, then Karl Marx's Capital stands as its most radical alternative.’


Latin, literally ‘classical place’.


locus classicus

/ˌləʊkəs ˈklasɪkəs//ˌlɒkəs ˈklasɪkəs/