Origin of quintessence
Examples from the Web for quintessence
That, America, is the quintessence of naturally occurring British-cute.
The actor is the quintessence of smooth, first as Remington Steele, then James Bond.Pierce Brosnan’s Life After Bond: From Action Hero to Losing His Daughter to Cancer|Tim Teeman|July 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In recent years, Stoner entered a category of which it soon became the quintessence.Famous for Not Being Famous: Enough About ‘Stoner’|Drew Smith|October 31, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Yes, Holmes was the quintessence of the Victorian rationalism, “the most perfect and reasoning machine that the world had seen.”
“Innocence is the quintessence of the snapshot,” Lisette Model would write.
What a sense of comical responsibility and mischief there is in his face, the quintessence, so to speak, of puppydom.Giotto|Harry Quilter
It is great painting in miniature, genius in its quintessence, a gem of perfect water.Life of Charles Dickens|Frank Marzials
There, the objector submits, lies the quintessence of the matter.Mankind in the Making|H. G. Wells
Perhaps nothing else than that special intensity of existence which is the quintessence of youthful aspirations.The Shadow-Line|Joseph Conrad
But it is not a question of extracting a quintessence, or of fencing the soul of doctrine within a few summary formulae.A New Philosophy: Henri Bergson|Edouard le Roy
Word Origin for quintessence
early 15c., in ancient and medieval philosophy, "pure essence, substance of which the heavenly bodies are composed," literally "fifth essence," from Middle French quinte essence (14c.), from Medieval Latin quinta essentia, from Latin quinta, fem. of quintus "fifth" (see quinque-) + essentia (see Parousia).
A loan-translation of Greek pempte ousia, the "ether" added by Aristotle to the four known elements (water, earth, fire, air) and said to permeate all things. Its extraction was one of the chief goals of alchemy. Sense of "purest essence" (of a situation, character, etc.) is first recorded 1580s.