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used in A Prayer for Owen Meany

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absolutely necessary; or of the greatest importance


the defining or most important aspect of something
  • We never devoted the attention to spitting, or to tugging at our armpits and crotches, that is the essential expression of nervousness in the adult sport.
    p. 33.5
  • She actually held the door open for him; she even managed a charming curtsy—inappropriately girlish, but Harriet Wheelwright was gifted with those essentially regal properties that make the inappropriate gesture work .... those being facetiousness and sarcasm.
    p. 203.9
  • In Hester's case, she wore simple, expensive clothes—but more casually than the designer had intended, and the fit was never quite right; her body belonged in the jungle, covered only essentially, possibly with fur or grass.
    p. 297.8
  • Georgian Bay: July 26, 1987—The Toronto Star says that President Reagan "actually led the first efforts to conceal essential details of his secret arms-for-hostages program and keep it alive after it became public."
    p. 437.5

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