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English noun: essence

1. essence (cognition) the choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience

SamplesThe gist of the prosecutor's argument.
The heart and soul of the Republican Party.
The nub of the story.

Synonymscenter, centre, core, gist, heart, heart and soul, inwardness, kernel, marrow, meat, nitty-gritty, nub, pith, substance, sum

Broader (hypernym)cognitive content, content, mental object

Narrower (hyponym)bare bones, haecceity, hypostasis, quiddity, quintessence, stuff

2. essence (substance) any substance possessing to a high degree the predominant properties of a plant or drug or other natural product from which it is extracted

Broader (hypernym)substance

3. essence (communication) the central meaning or theme of a speech or literary work

Synonymsburden, core, effect, gist

Broader (hypernym)import, meaning, significance, signification

4. essence (artifact) a toiletry that emits and diffuses a fragrant odor


Broader (hypernym)toilet articles, toiletry

Narrower (hyponym)cologne, cologne water, eau de cologne, eau de toilette, pachouli, patchouli, patchouly, perfumery, potpourri, rose water, toilet water

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