Definition of locus classicus in US English:

locus classicus

nounPlural loci classici

  • A passage considered to be the best known or most authoritative on a particular subject.

    • ‘As Gerhard Von Rad states, Genesis 2: 7 is ‘a locus classicus of Old Testament anthropology.’’
    • ‘Their pioneering work is still the locus classicus for these languages.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Perhaps the locus classicus of modern scholarly dispute over the meaning of a Classical Greek image is the Parthenon frieze.’
    • ‘The locus classicus for discussing the core police culture remains Skolnick's account of the policeman's ‘working personality’.’
    • ‘Aquinas continued, presenting the locus classicus of the Argument from Design.’
    • ‘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.’


Latin, literally ‘classical place’.


locus classicus

/ˌloʊkəs ˈklæsəkəs//ˌlōkəs ˈklasəkəs/