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genius loci

[gen-i-oo s loh-kee; English jee-nee-uh s loh-sahy, -kahy]
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noun Latin.
  1. the guardian spirit of a place.
  2. the distinctive character or atmosphere of a place with reference to the impression that it makes on the mind.
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British Dictionary definitions for genius loci

genius loci

noun
  1. the guardian spirit of a place
  2. the special atmosphere of a particular place

Word Origin

genius of the place
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