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essence
used in Tess of the d'Urbervilles

5 uses
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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
  • She was no longer the milkmaid, but a visionary essence of woman—a whole sex condensed into one typical form.
    3 — The Rally (59% in)
  • A field-man is a personality afield; a field-woman is a portion of the field; she had somehow lost her own margin, imbibed the essence of her surrounding, and assimilated herself with it.
    2 — Maiden No More (50% in)
  • He himself knew that, in reality, the confused beliefs which she held, apparently imbibed in childhood, were, if anything, Tractarian as to phraseology, and Pantheistic as to essence.
    4 — The Consequence (27% in)
  • The shovelfuls of loam, black as jet, brought there by the river when it was as wide as the whole valley, were an essence of soils, pounded champaigns of the past, steeped, refined, and subtilized to extraordinary richness, out of which came all the fertility of the mead, and of the cattle grazing there.
    4 — The Consequence (56% in)
  • But the essence of things had changed.
    5 — The Woman Pays (1% in)

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