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ESSENCE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does essence mean? 

ESSENCE (noun)
  The noun ESSENCE has 4 senses:

1. the choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience
2. any substance possessing to a high degree the predominant properties of a plant or drug or other natural product from which it is extracted
3. the central meaning or theme of a speech or literary work
4. a toiletry that emits and diffuses a fragrant odor

  Familiarity information: ESSENCE used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


ESSENCE (noun)


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Meaning:

The choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

nitty-gritty; inwardness; essence; heart and soul; gist; pith; nub; substance; meat; kernel; core; sum; marrow; heart; center

Context examples:

the gist of the prosecutor's argument / the heart and soul of the Republican Party / the nub of the story

Hypernyms ("essence" is a kind of...):

cognitive content; content; mental object (the sum or range of what has been perceived, discovered, or learned)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "essence"):

bare bones ((plural) the most basic facts or elements)

hypostasis ((metaphysics) essential nature or underlying reality)

haecceity; quiddity (the essence that makes something the kind of thing it is and makes it different from any other)

quintessence (the purest and most concentrated essence of something)

stuff (a critically important or characteristic component)


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Meaning:

Any substance possessing to a high degree the predominant properties of a plant or drug or other natural product from which it is extracted

Classified under:

Nouns denoting substances

Hypernyms ("essence" is a kind of...):

matter; substance (that which has mass and occupies space)


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Meaning:

The central meaning or theme of a speech or literary work

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

gist; essence; burden; effect; core

Hypernyms ("essence" is a kind of...):

import; meaning; significance; signification (the message that is intended or expressed or signified)


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Meaning:

A toiletry that emits and diffuses a fragrant odor

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

perfume; essence

Hypernyms ("essence" is a kind of...):

toilet article; toiletry (an artifact used in making your toilet)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "essence"):

cologne; cologne water; eau de cologne (a perfumed liquid made of essential oils and alcohol)

eau de toilette; toilet water (a perfumed liquid lighter than cologne)

rose water (perfume consisting of water scented with oil of roses)

potpourri (a jar of mixed flower petals and spices used as perfume)

perfumery (perfumes in general)

pachouli; patchouli; patchouly (a heavy perfume made from the patchouli plant)


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