Meaning of locus classicus in English:

locus classicus

nounplural noun loci classici/ˌləʊsʌɪ ˈklasɪsʌɪ/ /ˌlɒkiː ˈklasɪkiː/

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

    ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The locus classicus for discussing the core police culture remains Skolnick's account of the policeman's ‘working personality’.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Aquinas continued, presenting the locus classicus of the Argument from Design.’
    • ‘Perhaps the locus classicus of modern scholarly dispute over the meaning of a Classical Greek image is the Parthenon frieze.’


locus classicus

/ˌləʊkəs ˈklasɪkəs/ /ˌlɒkəs ˈklasɪkəs/


Latin, literally ‘classical place’.