Definitions of quintessence

  1. To distil or extract as a quintessence; to reduce to a quintessence. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. the most typical example or representative of a type Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. the purest and most concentrated essence of something Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. the fifth and highest element after air and earth and fire and water; was believed to be the substance composing all heavenly bodies Wordnet Dictionary DB
  5. The fifth or last and highest essence or power in a natural body. See Ferment oils, under Ferment. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. Hence: An extract from anything, containing its rarest virtue, or most subtle and essential constituent in a small quantity; pure or concentrated essence. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. The pure essence, or most necessary part, of anything; hence, the summing up in concrete form of certain qualities in their greatest perfection; as, she is the quintessence of neatness. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  8. The pure essence of anything: a solution of an essential oil in spirit of wine. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  9. Purest essence; essential part. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  10. The fifth or last and highest essence; an extract from anything containing its virtues or most essential part in small quantity; an extract, consisting of vegetable essential oil dissolved in spirit of wine; the pure essential part of anything. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  11. The pure essential part of anything; according to the alchemists, the highest essence of power in a natural body; a preparation consisting of a vegetable essential oil dissolved in spirit of wine. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

Usage examples for quintessence

  1. The criticism which we quoted from George Eliot on the career of Melema is the quintessence of the Aristotelian doctrine. – The Five Great Philosophies of Life by William de Witt Hyde
  2. Her exasperation was somewhat increased by the expression on Trixton Brent's face, which plainly declared that he deemed her last remarks to be the quintessence of tactics; and he obstinately refused, as they went down the stairs to the street, to regard the matter as closed. – The Complete PG Edition of The Works of Winston Churchill by Winston Churchill