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Noun: essence  e-sun(t)s
  1. [Brit] The choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience
    "the essence of the prosecutor's argument";
    - kernel [Brit], substance [Brit], core [Brit], center [Brit, US], centre [Brit, Cdn], gist [Brit], heart [Brit], heart and soul [Brit], inwardness [Brit], marrow [Brit], meat [Brit], nub [Brit], pith [Brit], sum [Brit], nitty-gritty [Brit]
  2. Any substance possessing to a high degree the predominant properties of a plant, drug or other natural product from which it is extracted
  3. The central meaning or theme of a speech or literary work
    - effect, burden, core, gist
  4. A toiletry that emits and diffuses a fragrant odour
    - perfume, scent
  5. (philosophy) the true nature of anything; the defining property or properties of something

Derived forms: essences

Type of: cognitive content, content, import, meaning, mental object, significance, signification, substance, toilet articles, toiletry

Encyclopedia: Essence