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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


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The most essential part of anything. Also: The most perfect type of something.

Usage examples (31)
  • The earth is the very quintessence of the human condition.
  • That's what I call the quintessence of domestic economy.
  • It has an odour which I can only describe as the quintessence of onions, but this is concentrated in the rind.
  • Astrophysicists and cosmologists have resorted to the term quintessence to describe the mysterious "dark matter" that appears to be accelerating the expansion of the... for more
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