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essence

es·sence

essence

 
 
pronunciation:
e sihns
part of speech: noun
definition 1: that which makes something what it is; central nature.
Kindness is the essence of friendship.
synonyms:
character, core, soul, substance
similar words:
basics, essential, flavor, heart, ideal, nature, pith, quality
definition 2: a concentrated substance taken from a plant that keeps its scent, flavor, or other special traits.
Perfume is made with the essence of flowers.
synonyms:
concentrate, extract
similar words:
spirits