Definition of locus desperatus in English:

locus desperatus

noun

  • A corrupted passage, especially one in an ancient text, which defies interpretation.

Origin

Early 18th century; earliest use found in Lewis Theobald (d. 1744), literary editor and writer. From post-classical Latin locus desperatus from classical Latin locus + dēspērātus.

Pronunciation

locus desperatus

/ˌləʊkəs ˌdɛspəˈrɑːtəs//ˌlɒkəs ˌdɛspəˈreɪtəs/