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Definition of Essence


  1. The constituent elementary notions which constitute a complex notion, and must be enumerated to define it; sometimes called the nominal essence.
  2. 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.
  3. Constituent substance.
  4. A being; esp., a purely spiritual being.
  5. 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.
  6. Perfume; odor; scent; or the volatile matter constituting perfume.
  7. To perfume; to scent.
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Essence Translations

essence in Dutch is essentie, kern, wezen, essence
essence in Finnish is olemus
essence in German is Wesen, Essenz
essence in Hungarian is kivonat, eszencia, illatszer
essence in Italian is essenza
essence in Latin is substantia
essence in Spanish is esencia