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English noun: quintessence

1. quintessence (substance) the fifth and highest element after air and earth and fire and water; was believed to be the substance composing all heavenly bodies


Broader (hypernym)element

Domain usagearchaicism, archaism

2. quintessence (cognition) the purest and most concentrated essence of something

Broader (hypernym)center, centre, core, essence, gist, heart, heart and soul, inwardness, kernel, marrow, meat, nitty-gritty, nub, pith, substance, sum

3. quintessence (cognition) the most typical example or representative of a type

Broader (hypernym)example, illustration, instance, representative

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