Definitions for essenceˈɛs əns
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
the basic, real, and invariable nature of a thing; substance.
Category: Common Vocabulary
a concentrated substance obtained from a plant, drug, or the like, by distillation, infusion, etc.
an alcoholic solution of an essential oil; spirit.
a perfume; scent.
(in philosophy) the true nature or constitution of anything, as opposed to what is accidental, phenomenal, illusory, etc.
something that exists, esp. a spiritual or immaterial entity.
Category: Religion, Common Vocabulary
Idioms for essence:
in essence,essentially; basically.
of the essence,absolutely essential; crucial.
Origin of essence:
1350–1400; ME essencia < ML, for L essentia, irreg. der. of esse to be
kernel, substance, core, center, centre, essence, gist, heart, heart and soul, inwardness, marrow, meat, nub, pith, sum, nitty-gritty(noun)
the choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience
"the gist of the prosecutor's argument"; "the heart and soul of the Republican Party"; "the nub of the story"
any substance possessing to a high degree the predominant properties of a plant or drug or other natural product from which it is extracted
effect, essence, burden, core, gist(noun)
the central meaning or theme of a speech or literary work
a toiletry that emits and diffuses a fragrant odor
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
the central and unique identity of sth
a song that expresses the essence of the band's music
The inherent nature of a thing or idea.
A significant feature of something.
The concentrated form of a plant or drug obtained through a distillation process.
Fragrance, a perfume.
The true nature of anything, not accidental or illusory.
the constituent elementary notions which constitute a complex notion, and must be enumerated to define it; sometimes called the nominal essence
the constituent quality or qualities which belong to any object, or class of objects, or on which they depend for being what they are (distinguished as real essence); the real being, divested of all logical accidents; that quality which constitutes or marks the true nature of anything; distinctive character; hence, virtue or quality of a thing, separated from its grosser parts
a being; esp., a purely spiritual being
the predominant qualities or virtues of a plant or drug, extracted and refined from grosser matter; or, more strictly, the solution in spirits of wine of a volatile or essential oil; as, the essence of mint, and the like
perfume; odor; scent; or the volatile matter constituting perfume
to perfume; to scent
Translations for essence
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
the most important part or quality
Tolerance is the essence of friendship.
- essênciaPortuguese (BR)
- das WesentlicheGerman
- essens; (det) væsentligeDanish
- ουσία, κύριο στοιχείοGreek
- اساس؛ اصلFarsi
- essence (mème)French
- तत्व, गुण, सार, भाव, मूल वस्तुHindi
- bit, sržCroatian
- kjarni, innsta eðliIcelandic
- 본질, 진수Korean
- būtība; galvenaisLatvian
- det vesentlige, kjerneNorwegian
- اساس؛ اصلPersian
- جوهر، تومنه، اصل، طبيعت، وږم، عطرPashto
- innersta väsen (natur), grunddrag, huvudsakSwedish
- แก่น; ใจความThai
- öz, esasTurkish
- 本質Chinese (Trad.)
- суть, істотністьUkrainian
- اہم ترین حصہ یا عنصرUrdu
- bản chấtVietnamese
- 本质Chinese (Simp.)
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