essence

Essence is whatever most sums up the heart and soul of something, its truest most indispensable qualities. The essence of Las Vegas is poker chips and dreams; the essence of Johnny Cash is black clothing and country music.

Essence can be a physical detail, or, just as commonly, the abstract idea or meaning of something. The essence of Lady Chatterly's Lover might be its revolutionary eroticism, or the essence of religion its devotion to God. Essence can also mean the concentrate obtained from a flower or plant for flavoring. If you've chewed strawberry-flavored bubblegum you're probably amazed at how it truly is the very essence of strawberries.

Primary Meanings of essence

1.
n
the choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience
2.
n
any substance possessing to a high degree the predominant properties of a plant or drug or other natural product from which it is extracted
Full Definitions of essence
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n the choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience

Synonyms:
center, centre, core, gist, heart, heart and soul, inwardness, kernel, marrow, meat, nitty-gritty, nub, pith, substance, sum
Types:
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bare bones
(plural) the most basic facts or elements
hypostasis
(metaphysics) essential nature or underlying reality
haecceity, quiddity
the essence that makes something the kind of thing it is and makes it different from any other
quintessence
the purest and most concentrated essence of something
stuff
a critically important or characteristic component
Type of:
cognitive content, content, mental object
the sum or range of what has been perceived, discovered, or learned

n the central meaning or theme of a speech or literary work

Synonyms:
burden, core, effect, gist
Type of:
import, meaning, significance, signification
the message that is intended or expressed or signified
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n any substance possessing to a high degree the predominant properties of a plant or drug or other natural product from which it is extracted

Type of:
substance
the real physical matter of which a person or thing consists

n a toiletry that emits and diffuses a fragrant odor

Synonyms:
perfume
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cologne, cologne water, eau de cologne
a perfumed liquid made of essential oils and alcohol
pachouli, patchouli, patchouly
a heavy perfume made from the patchouli plant
perfumery
perfumes in general
potpourri
a jar of mixed flower petals and spices used as perfume
rose water
perfume consisting of water scented with oil of roses
eau de toilette, toilet water
a perfumed liquid lighter than cologne
Type of:
toilet articles, toiletry
artifacts used in making your toilet (washing and taking care of your body)

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