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kwɪnˈtɛs ənsquin·tes·sence

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. quintessence, ethernoun

    the fifth and highest element after air and earth and fire and water; was believed to be the substance composing all heavenly bodies

  2. quintessencenoun

    the purest and most concentrated essence of something

  3. quintessencenoun

    the most typical example or representative of a type


  1. Quintessencenoun

    The most characteristic form or most perfect example of some type of object.


  1. quintessencenoun

    A thing that is the most perfect example of its type; the most perfect embodiment of something.

  2. quintessencenoun

    A pure substance.

  3. quintessencenoun

    The essence in a thing that in its purest and most concentrated form.

  4. quintessencenoun

    The fifth alchemical element, or essence, after earth, air, fire, and water

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary


    Etymology: quinta essentia , Lat.

    From their gross matter she abstracts the forms,
    And draws a kind of quintessence from things. Davies.

    The ethereal quintessence of heav’n
    Flew upward, spirited with various forms,
    That rowl’d orbicular, and turn’d to stars. John Milton.

    They made fire, air, earth, and water, to be the four elements, of which all earthly things were compounded, and supposed the heavens to be a quintessence or fifth sort of body distinct from all these. Isaac Watts, Logick.

    To me what is this quintessence of dust? man delights not me, nor woman neither. William Shakespeare, Hamlet.

    Who can in memory, or wit, or will,
    Or air, or fire, or earth, or water find?
    What alchymist can draw, with all his skill,
    The quintessence of these out of the mind. Davies.

    For I am a very dead thing,
    In whom love wrought new alchymy,
    For by his art he did express
    A quintessence even from nothingness,
    From dull privations and lean emptiness. John Donne.

    Paracelsus, by the help of an intense cold, teaches to separate the quintessence of wine. Boyle.

    Let there be light! said God; and forthwith light
    Ethereal, first of things, quintessence pure,
    Sprung from the deep. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. vii.

    When the supreme faculties move regularly, the inferior passions and affections following, there arises a serenity and complacency upon the whole soul, infinitely beyond the greatest bodily pleasures, the highest quintessence and elixir of worldly delights. Robert South, Sermons.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Quintessencenoun

    the fifth or last and highest essence or power in a natural body. See Ferment oils, under Ferment

  2. Quintessencenoun

    hence: An extract from anything, containing its rarest virtue, or most subtle and essential constituent in a small quantity; pure or concentrated essence

  3. Quintessenceverb

    to distil or extract as a quintessence; to reduce to a quintessence

  4. Etymology: [F., fr. L. quinta essentia fifth essence. See Quint, and Essence.]


  1. Quintessence

    Quintessence was a rock band formed in April 1969 in Notting Hill, London, England. The style was a mixture of jazz, psychedelic rock and progressive rock with an influence of music from India. Quintessence was among the first true progressive rock outfits signed by Island Records.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Quintessence

    kwin-tes′ens, n. the pure concentrated essence of anything, the most essential part of anything: the fifth essence, according to the Pythagoreans, beyond earth, water, fire, air.—adj. Quintessen′tial.—v.t. Quintessen′tialise. [Fr.,—L. quinta essentia, fifth essence, orig. applied to ether, supposed to be purer than fire, the highest of the four ancient elements.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of quintessence in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of quintessence in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

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    Just like the Tour de France, the French Open is the quintessence of professional sports with fans. The Roland Garros stadiums have many seats to fill, having it be played behind closed doors would be the worst solution but we would do it if the survival of those sports was at stake.

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