Definitions for quintessencekwɪnˈtɛs əns
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
the pure and concentrated essence of a substance.
the most perfect embodiment of something.
(in ancient and medieval philosophy) the fifth essence or element, ether, supposed to be with air, fire, earth, and water the constituent matter of the heavenly bodies.
Origin of quintessence:
1400–50; ME < ML quīnta essentia fifth essence
the fifth and highest element after air and earth and fire and water; was believed to be the substance composing all heavenly bodies
the purest and most concentrated essence of something
the most typical example or representative of a type
A thing that is the most perfect example of its type; the most perfect embodiment of something.
A pure substance.
The essence in a thing that in its purest and most concentrated form.
The fifth alchemical element, or essence, after earth, air, fire, and water
the fifth or last and highest essence or power in a natural body. See Ferment oils, under Ferment
hence: An extract from anything, containing its rarest virtue, or most subtle and essential constituent in a small quantity; pure or concentrated essence
to distil or extract as a quintessence; to reduce to a quintessence
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