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[mass noun] A ruling or guiding spirit.
- ‘It is easy to see that in animals instinct functions as the spiritus rector of all behaviour.’
- ‘André was perceived by all of us as the spiritus rector and driving force of this new scientific society at that time.’
- ‘In the theater, as director, actor, and author, as spiritus rector, he gathered around him a troupe.’
- ‘Again, I wish to point out one individual, Antonio Papisca from the University of Padua, the spiritus rector of the whole exercise.’
- ‘He was the spiritus rector of the Society for the Promotion of Jewish Music.’
- ‘Sheikh Fadlallah, spiritus rector of the most radical Lebanese Shias, was one of the first high-ranking Islamic scholars to condemn the attacks of 11 September 2001.’
- ‘And Daddy G is its spiritus rector because he was one of the founders of the Wild Bunch Sound System, out of which later Massive Attack emerged.’
- ‘In 1995 he founded the Ensemble Vanitas and has remained its spiritus rector and principal conductor.’
- ‘With his death, we have lost the spiritus rector of the project and a very good friend.’
- ‘The spiritus rector of this process was statesman Sigismund von Reitzenstein, who temporarily held the office of ‘curator’.’
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