What does essence mean?

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ˈɛs ənsessence

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. 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"

  2. essence(noun)

    any substance possessing to a high degree the predominant properties of a plant or drug or other natural product from which it is extracted

  3. effect, essence, burden, core, gist(noun)

    the central meaning or theme of a speech or literary work

  4. perfume, essence(noun)

    a toiletry that emits and diffuses a fragrant odor

Wiktionary

  1. essence(Noun)

    The inherent nature of a thing or idea.

  2. essence(Noun)

    A significant feature of something.

  3. essence(Noun)

    The concentrated form of a plant or drug obtained through a distillation process.

  4. essence(Noun)

    Fragrance, a perfume.

  5. essence(Noun)

    The true nature of anything, not accidental or illusory.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Essence(noun)

    the constituent elementary notions which constitute a complex notion, and must be enumerated to define it; sometimes called the nominal essence

    Etymology: [F. essence, L. essentia, formed as if fr. a p. pr. of esse to be. See Is, and cf. Entity.]

  2. Essence(noun)

    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

    Etymology: [F. essence, L. essentia, formed as if fr. a p. pr. of esse to be. See Is, and cf. Entity.]

  3. Essence(noun)

    constituent substance

    Etymology: [F. essence, L. essentia, formed as if fr. a p. pr. of esse to be. See Is, and cf. Entity.]

  4. Essence(noun)

    a being; esp., a purely spiritual being

    Etymology: [F. essence, L. essentia, formed as if fr. a p. pr. of esse to be. See Is, and cf. Entity.]

  5. Essence(noun)

    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

    Etymology: [F. essence, L. essentia, formed as if fr. a p. pr. of esse to be. See Is, and cf. Entity.]

  6. Essence(noun)

    perfume; odor; scent; or the volatile matter constituting perfume

    Etymology: [F. essence, L. essentia, formed as if fr. a p. pr. of esse to be. See Is, and cf. Entity.]

  7. Essence(verb)

    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.]

Freebase

  1. Essence

    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

  1. Essence

    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. essentiaessens, -entis, assumed pr.p. of esse, to be.]

Editors Contribution

  1. essence

    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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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'essence' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4832

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'essence' in Nouns Frequency: #1879

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of essence in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of essence in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of essence in a Sentence

  1. Czon:

    The woman’s essence has always been the most powerful force, much like nature has always been Satan’s church

  2. Jen Ramsey:

    Draw on your inner essence & light up your world.

  3. Mitch McConnell:

    The parameters of the interim deal, in essence, establish an internationally recognized, 10-year nuclear research and development program. Until we know more about Iran's previous research, no nation can be sure of what Iran may have developed covertly already.

  4. Zaman Ali:

    Good and bad lies within and without one other loses its mean and essence.”

  5. Emeasoba George:

    I'm too positive minded to become negative minded. I'm too optimistic to become pessimistic. I'm equally too hopeful to become hopeless in life. Moreover, I'm too determined to become frustrated and defeated. I'm as well too rugged to become dispirited by anything or anyone. Now, that's why the slaughter house of failure cannot and will never rule over me and my God-given destiny. What am I trying to say in essence? I'm just saying that, I'm a positivist to the core. Besides, I'm equally a die hard optimist. Who are you and how about you anyway?

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