the pure and concentrated essence of a substance.
the most perfect embodiment of something.
(in ancient and medieval philosophy) the fifth essence or element, ether, supposed to be the constituent matter of the heavenly bodies, the others being air, fire, earth, and water.
- quin·tes·sen·tial [kwin-tuh-sen-shuhl], /ˌkwɪn təˈsɛn ʃəl/, adjective
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How to use quintessence in a sentence
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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.
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They are the quaint quintessence of conservatism, and will occupy youthful minds menaced by modernism.Bizarre | Lawton Mackall
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British Dictionary definitions for quintessence
the most typical representation of a quality, state, etc
an extract of a substance containing its principle in its most concentrated form
(in ancient and medieval philosophy) ether, the fifth and highest essence or element after earth, water, air, and fire, which was thought to be the constituent matter of the heavenly bodies and latent in all things
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