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essence
used in Middlemarch

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Definition
the defining or most important quality of something

or:

a extract that concentrates important qualities of something such as smell or taste
  • They implied that he was insolent, pretentious, and given to that reckless innovation for the sake of noise and show which was the essence of the charlatan.
    Book 5 — The Dead Hand (23% in)

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