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Definition the defining or most important quality of something


a extract that concentrates important qualities of something such as smell or taste
  • The cream also contains essence of rose.
essence = a extract that concentrates important qualities of something such as smell or taste
  • Time is of the essence in this contract.
  • of the essence = very important
  • To make things better, to enjoy each other's company, and to empathize are essence of humanity.
  • essence = most important qualities
  • She described the essence of chaos theory as "sensitive dependence on initial conditions."
  • essence = defining quality
  • There was only—spring itself; the throb of it, the light restlessness, the vital essence of it everywhere...
    Willa Cather
  • This case, Tom Robinson's case, is something that goes to the essence of a man's conscience—Scout, I couldn't go to church and worship God if I didn't try to help that man.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • essence = the defining or most important aspect
  • When we drink small amounts of blood, we do not take any of a person's essence.
    Darren Shan  --  A Vampire's Assistant
  • essence = most important part (that is needed to be who they are)
  • What I have tried to do here was not to write everything, but in essence everything that was said.
    Ernest J. Gaines  --  The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman
  • essence = the defining or most important quality of something


    a extract that concentrates important qualities of something such as smell or taste
  • Bit by bit the dead cigar would disappear, to reappear some hours later as a flat slick mess, its essence extracted and mingling with Judge Taylor's digestive juices.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • essence = most important characteristic (in this case the flavor)
  • Do to others whatever you would like them to do to you. This is the essence of all that is taught in the law and the prophets.
    Matthew 7:12 (NLT)
  • The essence of the legislative authority is to enact laws...
    Alexander Hamilton  --  Federalist Papers
  • The essence of immorality is the tendency to make an exception of myself.
    Jane Addams
  • That is the essence of a witch-hunt, that any questioning of the evidence or the procedures in itself constitutes proof of complicity.
    Bergen Evans
  • Their essence is not less beautiful than their appearance, though it needs finer organs for its apprehension.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Essays, First Series
  • She took the essence of our life stories and made them palatable and enjoyable for a youth and teen audience.
    Sampon Davis, et. al.  --  We Beat the Street
  • He had killed The Cat but, in essence, The Cat had escaped.
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
  • The tree itself looked perfectly fine, whole and healthy, suffused with the essence of the Golden Fleece.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Sea of Monsters
  • My dad has passed on to his boys the essence of what he is.
    Phil Robertson  --  Happy, Happy, Happy: My Life and Legacy as the Duck Commander
  • You'll remember the essence.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • For a couple of minutes, you hear the essence of someone's story—the sort of wisdom that only comes from a life deeply lived.
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe II

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