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essential
used in The Mill on the Floss

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Definition
absolutely necessary; or of the greatest importance

or:

the defining or most important aspect of something
  • There were passions at war in Maggie at that moment to have made a tragedy, if tragedies were made by passion only; but the essential [Greek text] which was present in the passion was wanting to the action; the utmost Maggie could do, with a fierce thrust of her small brown arm, was to push poor little pink-and-white Lucy into the cow-trodden mud.
    1.10 -- Book 1 Chapter 10 -- Maggie Behaves Worse Than She Expected (46% in)
  • Chapter VII A Day of Reckoning Mr. Tulliver was an essentially sober man,—able to take his glass and not averse to it, but never exceeding the bounds of moderation.
    5.7 -- Book 5 Chapter 7 -- A Day of Reckoning (0% in)

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