Definition of genius loci in English:

genius loci

noun

  • 1The prevailing character or atmosphere of a place.

    • ‘We can learn a ton about baseball while feeling both the spine shivers of contact with ‘holy’ items and the touch of genius loci, the magic of real and special places.’
    • ‘The lure of money has typically overcome the genius loci that might otherwise have protected the city's sites of catastrophe and loss.’
    • ‘The objective was to find the genius loci of a place and in Lasdun's words ‘the soul of the building’.’
    • ‘The first addresses the question of how to preserve, respect or regenerate genius loci under fast changing conditions.’
    • ‘Having visited his bare-bones Tribeca studio with its funky, timbered two-story space, I've gotten a sense of the genius loci of Georges's recent art.’
    1. 1.1 The presiding god or spirit of a place.
      • ‘She supposes that, in earlier times, ‘every tree, every spring, every stream, every hill had its own genius loci, its guardian spirit’.’

Origin

Latin, literally ‘spirit of the place’.

Pronunciation

genius loci

/-kī/