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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.

Essence Quotations

Vulnerability is the essence of romance. It's the art of being uncalculated, the willingness to look foolish, the courage to say, 'This is me, and I'm interested in you enough to show you my flaws with the hope that you may embrace me for all that I am but, more important, all that I am not.'
Ashton Kutcher

Battle is the most magnificent competition in which a human being can indulge. It brings out all that is best; it removes all that is base. All men are afraid in battle. The coward is the one who lets his fear overcome his sense of duty. Duty is the essence of manhood.
George S. Patton

The toughest thing about the power of trust is that it's very difficult to build and very easy to destroy. The essence of trust building is to emphasize the similarities between you and the customer.
Thomas J. Watson

The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude.
Friedrich Nietzsche

It is better to create than to learn! Creating is the essence of life. - Julius Caesar
It is better to create than to learn! Creating is the essence of life.
Julius Caesar
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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
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