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essence
used in The Magic Mountain

6 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
  • But the lymph, now that's the juice of juices, the essence, you see, the blood's own milk, a very rarefied liquid—a fatty diet will make it look just like milk, in fact.
    5.6 - Humaniora (84% in)
  • If you posit substantial character in the individual, that is, if you transfer the essence of things from the universal to the particular, as Thomas and Bonaventura did, being true Aristotelians, you have then removed the world from its unity with the highest idea, it becomes something outside God, and so God becomes transcendent.
    6.2 - Someone Else (36% in)
  • It was an enchanting voice to his ear—an ear expressly fashioned to perceive that dry, sweet huskiness as utmost pleasure, as the essence of pleasure brought to one perfect pinnacle.
    7.3 - Vingt et un (9% in)
  • Yes, triumph over self, that may well have been the essence of his triumph over this love—over this enchantment of the soul with dark consequences.
    7.7 - Fullness of Harmony (97% in)
  • For him justice was, on the one hand, a paralyzing weakness, the very essence of doubt, and on the other hand, it was a trumpet call to reckless deeds.
    7.9 - The Great Petulance (36% in)
  • The essence of the situation remains what it has been since the beginning, a physical struggle, and it is each man's duty, however far he may be from nature, to keep himself equal to this situation.
    7.9 - The Great Petulance (73% in)

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