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Essence meaning

essence - 8 dictionary results

  1. 1. The constituent elementary notions which constitute a complex notion, and must be enumerated to define it; sometimes called the nominal essence.
  2. 2. The constituent quality or qualities which belong to any object, or class of objects, or on which they depend for being what they are ( distinguished as real essence); the real being, divested of all logical accidents; that quality which constitutes or marks the true nature of anything; distinctive character; hence, virtue or quality of a thing, separated from its grosser parts.
  3. 3. Constituent substance.
  4. 4. A being; esp., a purely spiritual being.
  5. 5. The predominant qualities or virtues of a plant or drug, extracted and refined from grosser matter; or, more strictly, the solution in spirits of wine of a volatile or essential oil; as, the essence of mint, and the like.
  6. 6. Perfume; odor; scent; or the volatile matter constituting perfume.
  7. 7. To perfume; to scent.
  8. 8. Necessary qualities; characteristic principle; perfumed alcohol.

essence - examples of usage

  1. Obviously, I can get for a shilling much more potatoes than bread, and bread than beef, and beef than essence of beef. - "Political economy", W. Stanley Jevons.
  2. And this putting self in the place of another is the very essence of love. - "Practical Ethics", William DeWitt Hyde.
  3. But I remembered his detailed account of the production, the very essence of " art for art's sake." - "They Call Me Carpenter", Upton Sinclair.
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