Definition of spiritus mundi in English:

spiritus mundi

Pronunciation /ˌspɪrɪtʊs ˈmʊndi/

noun

  • ‘The spirit of the world’: a principle supposed by early philosophers to be underlying or shaping the world.

Origin

Mid 17th century; earliest use found in John Sparrow (1615–1670), translator and lawyer. From classical Latin spīritus mundī from spīritus + mundī, genitive of mundus world.