Origin of essence
Related formsself-es·sence, noun
Examples from the Web for essence
They are both viewed in essence like eating Brussels sprouts.
Humans spent a long time domesticating cattle, and what they were trying to do, in essence, was de-domesticate them.
They are now in essence a sisterhood joined together by a vile incident.
The essence of nearly every Disney film is that women need saving, preferably by a man from a superior social and economic class.
In essence, they placed a bunch of solar panels in the form of a suspension bridge on top of the lift.
That, I take it, is the essence of beauty—not that I am learned in beauty, though I am an expert in ugliness.Francezka|Molly Elliot Seawell
There was in him too much of the essence of the highest chivalry to permit such things.The Eagle's Heart|Hamlin Garland
It had seemed to me hitherto that the essence of my duty lay in marrying Hugh.The High Heart|Basil King
The “blood of trees” was the name for sap; sap was water impregnated or vitalized by Soma, the essence of life.Indian Myth and Legend|Donald Alexander Mackenzie
It is of the essence of a "treat," to use the good old word of childhood, that it should be more or less exceptional.Through East Anglia in a Motor Car|J. E. (James Edmund) Vincent
British Dictionary definitions for essence
- the unchanging and unchangeable nature of something which is necessary to its being the thing it is; its necessary propertiesCompare accident (def. 4)
- the properties in virtue of which something is called by its name
- the nature of something as distinct from, and logically prior to, its existence
- the constituent of a plant, usually an oil, alkaloid, or glycoside, that determines its chemical or pharmacological properties
- an alcoholic solution of such a substance