Definition of Genius loci

1. Noun. The special atmosphere of a place.

Generic synonyms: Ambiance, Ambience, Atmosphere



2. Noun. The guardian spirit of a place.
Generic synonyms: Guardian Angel, Guardian Spirit

Definition of Genius loci

1. Noun. The spirit or one of the spirits presiding over or guarding a particular place, such as a glade or pool. ¹

2. Noun. The ''geist'', distinctive atmosphere, or characteristic spirit of a place, especially when regarded as an artistic muse. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Genius Loci

genitories
genitors
genitourinary apparatus
genitourinary system
genitourinary tract
genitrices
genitrix
geniture
genitures
genius
genius epidemicus
genius loci (current term)
genius locorum
geniuses
geniuslike
genizah
genizahs
genizoth
genkan
genkinite
genlisea
genlock
genlocked
genlocking
genlocks
gennaker

Literary usage of Genius loci

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1. The Town: Its Memorable Characters and Events by Leigh Hunt (1859)
"... the genius loci of Fleet Street—His Way of Life—His Residence in Gough Square, Johnson's Court, and Bolt Court—Various Anecdotes of him connected with ..."

2. Out-doors at Idlewild; Or, The Shaping of a Home on the Banks of the Hudson by Nathaniel Parker Willis (1855)
"Certainty of a genius loci—His Susceptibility of Pique—Curious Exercise of it—The Drip-Rock Parlor—Check to a falling Leaf—Farewell. October 7, 1854. ..."

3. Good Words by Norman Macleod (1889)
"... that a large infusion of Celtic blood, aided by the influence of the genius loci, made this ultimate flower of the family worthy of his birthplace. ..."

4. Western Windows and Other Poems by John James Piatt (1877)
"Come back to me, beautiful visions! Steal over me, lovelier sky! With the flower-like soul of my boyhood, Blossom, sweet days gone by! iI genius loci ..."

5. Letters Descriptive of the Virginia Springs: The Roads Leading Thereto, and by Philip Holbrook] [Nicklin (1837)
"... almost—Driver's ingenuity—Humphrey Clinker—English Watering Places—Route to Sweet Springs—their aspect—temperature—Jean Delorme, the genius loci—Road to ..."

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