Definition of genius loci in English:

genius loci


  • 1The prevailing character or atmosphere of a place.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The objective was to find the genius loci of a place and in Lasdun's words ‘the soul of the building’.’
    • ‘The lure of money has typically overcome the genius loci that might otherwise have protected the city's sites of catastrophe and loss.’
    • ‘The first addresses the question of how to preserve, respect or regenerate genius loci under fast changing conditions.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’.’


Latin, literally ‘spirit of the place’.


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