One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounPlural loci classici
A passage considered to be the best known or most authoritative on a particular subject.
- ‘Their pioneering work is still the locus classicus for these languages.’
- ‘The locus classicus for discussing the core police culture remains Skolnick's account of the policeman's ‘working personality’.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Aquinas continued, presenting the locus classicus of the Argument from Design.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Perhaps the locus classicus of modern scholarly dispute over the meaning of a Classical Greek image is the Parthenon frieze.’
Latin, literally ‘classical place’.
Top tips for CV writingRead more
In this article we explore how to impress employers with a spot-on CV.