- Essence is defined as the core nature or most important qualities of a person or thing.
An example of essence is what is captured of someone’s personality in a good photograph.
- The definition of an essence is a concentrated form of a flavor or fragrance.
An example of an essence is the scent of a tropical flower in a vial of oil.
- something that is, or exists; entity
- that which makes something what it is; intrinsic, fundamental nature or most important quality (of something); essential being
- a substance that keeps, in concentrated form, the flavor, fragrance, or other properties of the plant, drug, food, etc. from which it is extracted; essential oil
- a solution of such a substance or oil in alcohol
- a perfume
- the inward nature of anything, underlying its manifestations; true substance
- the indispensable conceptual characteristics and relations of anything
Origin of essenceMiddle English from Old French and Classical Latin essentia from esse, to be: for Indo-European base see is
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- a. The intrinsic or indispensable quality or qualities that serve to characterize or identify something: The essence of democracy is the freedom to choose.b. The inherent, unchanging nature of a thing or class of things.
- The most important part or aspect of something: The essence of her argument is that the policy is wrongheaded.
- a. An extract that has the fundamental properties of a substance in concentrated form.b. Such an extract in a solution of alcohol.c. A perfume or scent.
- One that has or shows an abundance of a quality as if highly concentrated: a neighbor who is the essence of hospitality.
- Something that exists, especially a spiritual or incorporeal entity.
Origin of essenceMiddle English essencia French essence both from Latin essentia from esse to be from the presumed present participle essēns *essent- ( on the model of differentia difference ) ( from differēns different-) ( present participle of differre to differ ) created to translate Greek ousiā ( from ousa ) ( feminine present participle of einai to be ); see es- in Indo-European roots.
- The inherent nature of a thing or idea.
- The laws are at present, both in form and essence, the greatest curse that society labours under.
- Gifts and alms are the expressions, not the essence of this virtue [charity].
- The essence of Addison's humour is irony.
- (philosophy) The true nature of anything, not accidental or illusory.
- Constituent substance.
- A being; especially, a purely spiritual being.
- A significant feature of something.
- The concentrated form of a plant or drug obtained through a distillation process.
- Fragrance, a perfume.