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quintessence

quin·tes·sence

quintessence

 
pronunciation:
kwIn te sns
features:
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: that which most perfectly describes or typifies something; essence.
The moment of her child's birth constituted for her the quintessence of happiness.To him, the actresses of the forties were the quintessence of glamor.
synonyms:
essence, soul, spirit
similar words:
apotheosis, sum
definition 2: a concentrated and purified form of something.
The lotion contains the quintessence of lavender.
synonyms:
essence, extract
definition 3: the element of which the heavens were composed, according to the ancient Greek and medieval philosophers.
derivations: quintessential (adj.), quintessentially (adv.)
Word Parts
The word quintessence contains the following part:
quin, quint, quinqu Latin root that means five, fifth