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Definition representing the perfect example of a class or quality
  • They were quintessentially Southern, and she remembered seeing many of these rustic scenes on her journey through North Carolina.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Safe Haven
  • When he became head of the National Party, he seemed to be the quintessential party man, nothing more and nothing less.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • It's the quintessential Toronto middle-class-matron put-down, the ultimate disapproval.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat's Eye
  • He's the quintessential capitalist.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • He knew what would happen if he drank this spice drug with its quintessence of the substance that brought the change onto him.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • It seemed the quintessence of the squareness he was fighting.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • She photographed the quintessentially heterosexual couple's eunuch dog, too.
    John Grogan  --  Marley & Me
  • Harry did not answer, but pretended to be absorbed in the book they were supposed to have read before Charms next morning (Quintessence: A Q uest).
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • * She is formed of the pure quintessence of the western air.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • He was the quintessential back-country Yankee, grunting instead of talking, sullen-faced.
    Stephen King  --  Cujo
  • There lay the essence and quintessence of the Parisian white society.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • He has behaved like the quintessential ugly Afghan-American, Idris thinks.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • And yet, to me, what is this quintessence of dust?
    William Shakespeare  --  Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
  • I soon learned that on Everest not even the rope-the quintessential climber's accoutrementwas to be utilized in the time-honored manner.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • Ted was also the quintessential outdoorsman.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • She's so quintessentially practical that most people would never guess she has a thing for angels.
    Gayle Forman  --  If I Stay
  • They are also the quintessential supporters of the Taliban.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • Marching naked in formation with a group of naked women was for Tereza the quintessential image of horror.
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • It was the quintessence of every melodic cliche Reich had ever heard.
    Alfred Bester  --  The Demolished Man
  • Yet he was a quintessential gentleman, courtly in the finest sense, with a troubled, endangered civility rooted in the bruised mythology of the Old South.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline

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