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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Definitions for esse

  1. being; existence.

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Citations for esse
The esse of the life of every man, which he has from his father, is called the soul, and the existence of life thence derived is called the body. Emanuel Swedenborg, The Earths in Our Solar System, 1758
According to Berkeley, the esse of things is percipi. They exist as they are perceived. Thomas Love Peacock, Nightmare Abbey, 1818
Origin of esse
Esse comes from the Latin word of the same spelling meaning "to be." It has been in English since the 1600s.