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Definition of Substance

Substance

  1. That which underlies all outward manifestations; substratum; the permanent subject or cause of phenomena, whether material or spiritual; that in which properties inhere; that which is real, in distinction from that which is apparent; the abiding part of any existence, in distinction from any accident; that which constitutes anything what it is; real or existing essence.
  2. The most important element in any existence; the characteristic and essential components of anything; the main part; essential import; purport.
  3. Body; matter; material of which a thing is made; hence, substantiality; solidity; firmness; as, the substance of which a garment is made; some textile fabrics have little substance.
  4. Material possessions; estate; property; resources.
  5. Same as Hypostasis, 2.
  6. To furnish or endow with substance; to supply property to; to make rich.

Substance Quotations

The very substance of the ambitious is merely the shadow of a dream.
William Shakespeare

Addiction isn't about substance - you aren't addicted to the substance, you are addicted to the alteration of mood that the substance brings.
Susan Cheever

Faith is the substance of hope - of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen. So if you can hope for it and imagine it, and keep imagining and hoping and seeing yourself driving a new car, or seeing yourself getting that job, or seeing yourself excel, seeing yourself help that person - that is faith.
Duane Chapman

I am an invisible man. I am a man of substance, of flesh and bone, fiber and liquids - and I might even be said to possess a mind. I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me.
Ralph Ellison

We speak of virtue, honour, reason; but our thought does not translate any one of these concepts into a substance.
Wilhelm Wundt
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Substance Translations

substance in Danish is stof
substance in Dutch is spul, stof, goedje, substantie
substance in French is substance
substance in German is Wesentliches
substance in Italian is sostanza
substance in Latin is materia, substantia
substance in Spanish is substancia, sustancia
substance in Swedish is huvudsak