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essence

es·sence

essence

 
 
pronunciation:
e sihns
part of speech: noun
definition 1: the inherent qualities that make something what it is; crucial ingredients; central nature.
The essence of salesmanship is satisfying the customer.The essence of his argument was familiar.
synonyms:
character, core, elixir, quintessence, soul, spirit, substance
similar words:
abstract, aroma, basics, basis, emphasis, essential, flavor, genius, gist, heart, ideal, nature, nub, pith, quality, quick, short, stuff, sum
definition 2: the basic unchanging nature of a thing or group of things, as opposed to its transitory variations.
synonyms:
nature, quiddity, soul, spirit
similar words:
essential, foundation, meaning, purpose, rudiment
definition 3: a substance derived, as from a plant, by distillation or other process, and possessing the source's chief characteristic.
essence of pine
synonyms:
concentrate, distillate, extract, quintessence
similar words:
heart, spirits
definition 4: a solution of such a substance in alcohol, such as perfume.
synonyms:
cologne, eau de Cologne, perfume, scent, toilet water
similar words:
aroma, attar, bouquet, civet, concentrate, elixir, extract, incense, musk, tincture