- of the pure and essential essence of something: the quintessential Jewish delicatessen.
- of or relating to the most perfect embodiment of something: the quintessential performance of the Brandenburg Concertos.
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Examples from the Web for quintessential
Ignoring people you hooked up with at Shooters when encountering them on campus is a quintessential Duke experience.Random Hook-Ups or Dry Spells: Why Millennials Flunk College Dating
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But in reality he is the quintessential example of how Washington corrupts.Leon Panetta Is What’s Wrong With D.C.
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Santorini is an island of churches: nearly 400 of them, many topped with the quintessential blue dome.Book a Room for Two in a Santorini Cave
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No wonder that of all the Bradys, it is the quintessential old maid who we miss the most.Ann B. Davis Was the Zesty Antidote to the Bradys
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What, in your view, makes a quintessential Sony Classics release?Sony Pictures Classics’ Michael Barker and Tom Bernard on Woody Allen and the State of Indie Film
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Where the notion of doing so is simply ludicrous, you have quintessential poetry.Poetry for Poetry's Sake
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A quintessential drop of intellect is apt to be in poetic blood.The Collected Poems of Rupert Brooke
You were sixteen then, and the effect as you came into the room was quintessential.Marge Askinforit
But after he has made them quintessential of a class, he must be careful also to individualize them.Materials and Methods of Fiction
Then turning after a moment's silence to the girl, "What says our Quintessential Stone to this?"The Long Night
- most typically representative of a quality, state, etc; perfect
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Word Origin and History for quintessential
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