Definitions for essence
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kernel, substance, core, center, centre, essence, gist, heart, heart and soul, inwardness, marrow, meat, nub, pith, sum, nitty-grittynoun
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, gistnoun
the central meaning or theme of a speech or literary work
a toiletry that emits and diffuses a fragrant odor
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.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
1.Essence is but the very nature of any being, whether it be actually existing or no: a rose in Winter has an essence; in Summer it has existence also. Isaac Watts Logick.
Etymology: essentia, Latin.
One thinks the soul is air; another, fire;
Another, blood diffus’d about the Heart;
Another faith, the elements conspire,
And to her essence each doth give a part. Davies.
I could wish the nature of a spirit were more unknown to me than it is, that I might believe its existence, without meddling at all with its essence. Henry More, Divine Dialogues.
He wrote the nature of things upon their names: he could view essences in themselves, and read forms without the comment of their respective properties. Robert South, Sermons.
The visible church of Jesus is one in outward profession of those things, which supernaturally appertain to the very essence of Christianity, and are necessarily required in every particular Christian man. Richard Hooker, b. iii. s. 1.
In such cogitations have I stood, with such a darkness and heaviness of mind, that I might have been persuaded to have resigned my very essence. Philip Sidney.
As far as gods, and heav’nly essences
Can perish. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. i. l. 138.
Here be four of you, as differing as the four elements; and yet you are friends: as for Eupolis, because he is temperate, and without passion, he may be the fifth essence. Francis Bacon.
For spirits, when they please,
Can either sex assume, or both; so soft
And uncompounded is their essence pure;
Not ty’d or manacled with joint or limb. John Milton, Pa. Lost.
She is my essence; and I leave to be,
If I be not by her fair influence
Foster’d, illumin’d, cherish’d, kept alive. William Shakespeare.
Our humble province is to ’tend the fair;
To save the powder from too rude a gale,
Nor let th’ imprison’d essences exhale. Alexander Pope, Rape of the Lock.
To perfume; to scent.
Etymology: from essence.
The husband rails, from morning to night, at essenced fops and tawdry courtiers. Joseph Addison, Spectator, №. 128.
Essence (Latin: essentia) is a polysemic term, that is, it may have significantly different meanings and uses. It is used in philosophy and theology as a designation for the property or set of properties or attributes that make an entity or substance what it fundamentally is, and which it has by necessity, and without which it loses its identity. Essence is contrasted with accident: a property or attribute the entity or substance has contingently, without which the substance can still retain its identity. The concept originates rigorously with Aristotle (although it can also be found in Plato), who used the Greek expression to ti ên einai (τὸ τί ἦν εἶναι, literally meaning "the what it was to be" and corresponding to the scholastic term quiddity) or sometimes the shorter phrase to ti esti (τὸ τί ἐστι, literally meaning "the what it is" and corresponding to the scholastic term (haecceity(thisness) for the same idea. This phrase presented such difficulties for its Latin translators that they coined the word essentia (English "essence") to represent the whole expression. For Aristotle and his scholastic followers, the notion of essence is closely linked to that of definition (ὁρισμός horismos). In the history of Western philosophy, essence has often served as a vehicle for doctrines that tend to individuate different forms of existence as well as different identity conditions for objects and properties; in this logical meaning, the concept has given a strong theoretical and common-sense basis to the whole family of logical theories based on the "possible worlds" analogy set up by Leibniz and developed in the intensional logic from Carnap to Kripke, which was later challenged by "extensionalist" philosophers such as Quine.
Essence refers to the fundamental nature or inherent characteristics of something or someone. It is the quality or feature which determines or distinguishes an entity's behavior, function, identity, or existence. Essence is often considered to be the 'core' or 'heart' of a matter, capturing its most important and defining aspects.
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
Etymology: [F. essence, L. essentia, formed as if fr. a p. pr. of esse to be. See Is, and cf. Entity.]
In philosophy, essence is the attribute or set of attributes that make an entity or substance what it fundamentally is, and which it has by necessity, and without which it loses its identity. Essence is contrasted with accident: a property that the entity or substance has contingently, without which the substance can still retain its identity. The concept originates with Aristotle, who used the Greek expression to ti ên einai, literally 'the what it was to be', or sometimes the shorter phrase to ti esti, literally 'the what it is,' for the same idea. This phrase presented such difficulties for his Latin translators that they coined the word essentia to represent the whole expression. For Aristotle and his scholastic followers the notion of essence is closely linked to that of definition. In the history of western thought, essence has often served as a vehicle for doctrines that tend to individuate different forms of existence as well as different identity conditions for objects and properties; in this eminently logical meaning, the concept has given a strong theoretical and common-sense basis to the whole family of logical theories based on the "possible worlds" analogy set up by Leibniz and developed in the intensional logic from Carnap to Kripke, which was later challenged by "extensionalist" philosophers such as Quine.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
es′ens, n. the inner distinctive nature of anything: the qualities which make any object what it is: a being: the extracted virtues of any drug: the solution in spirits of wine of a volatile or essential oil: a perfume.—adj. Essen′tial, relating to or containing the essence: necessary to the existence of a thing: indispensable or important in the highest degree: highly rectified: pure.—n. something necessary: a leading principle.—n. Essential′ity, the quality of being essential: an essential part.—adv. Essen′tially.—n. Essen′tialness. [Fr.,—L. essentia—essens, -entis, assumed pr.p. of esse, to be.]
The just and fair qualities of the universes truth expressed through our body, brain, heart, mind, soul, spirit, subconscious, conscience and consciousness.
The essence of our soul is the universes truth.
Submitted by MaryC on March 16, 2020
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Rank popularity for the word 'essence' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4832
Rank popularity for the word 'essence' in Nouns Frequency: #1879
The numerical value of essence in Chaldean Numerology is: 2
The numerical value of essence in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7
Spirituality is life through awareness of our true essence. In essence we are of the energetic realm. We are conscious energy. We illuminate from source. Like rays of sunshine illuminating from the sun, each of us are part of the whole. Collectively we make up supreme consciousness. The purpose of human life is for each of us to express our higher self. To awaken. Together we complete the whole. As we awaken, the greater good is done.
Enlightenment has nothing to do with clothing, ritual, self - hypnosis, imagination, or trans like states. Enlightenment requires understanding our true essence, understanding the true essence of God, understanding the true essence of the cosmos. Enlightenment is beyond all thought. Enlightenment can only be experienced. Enlightenment is transcendence.
One must understand that in Crimea, in essence, a gangster regime has been established under the protection of Moscow, former criminals have come to power, and have started to carve up the property.
Love is the essence of God.
In its famous paradox, the equation of money and excrement, psychoanalysis becomes the first science to state what common sense and the poets have long known -- that the essence of money is in its absolute worthlessness.
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Translations for essence
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- جَوهَر, جوهرArabic
- аромат, екстракт, есенция, парфюм, същност, същинаBulgarian
- bessóCatalan, Valencian
- essens, koncentratDanish
- extracto, esenciaSpanish
- villakoiran ydin, olemus, esanssi, [[tärkeä]] [[piirre]], perusolemus, tuntomerkkiFinnish
- מהות, בושם, ניחוחHebrew
- lényeg, eszencia, kivonatHungarian
- substantia, essentiaLatin
- essence, essentie, wezen, aftreksel, parfumDutch
- fragrância, essênciaPortuguese
- суть, эссенция, существо, [[важный, аромат, экстракт, сущность, концентратRussian
- суштина, есенција, бит, bit, esencija, suštinaSerbo-Croatian
- esenca, bistvoSlovene
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