genius loci

[ gen-i-oos loh-kee; English jee-nee-uhs loh-sahy, -kahy ]

nounLatin.
  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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genius loci

/ Latin (ˈdʒiːnɪəs ˈləʊsaɪ) /


noun
  1. the guardian spirit of a place

  2. the special atmosphere of a particular place

Origin of genius loci

1
genius of the place

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