Essence - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈesns|  American pronunciation of the word essence
Brit.  |ˈɛs(ə)ns|  British pronunciation of the word essence


- the choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience (syn: center, centre, core, gist, heart, inwardness, kernel, marrow, meat, nitty-gritty, nub, pith, substance, sum)
- any substance possessing to a high degree the predominant properties of a plant or drug or other natural product from which it is extracted
- the central meaning or theme of a speech or literary work (syn: burden, core, effect, gist)
- a toiletry that emits and diffuses a fragrant odor (syn: perfume)


The essence of love is unselfishness.

The book's illustrations capture the essence of the story.

Others consider that Ireland's very essence is expressed through the language.

She was the essence of punctuality.

It was a perfect love-letter, that is to say, it was the essence of nonsense.

The essence of Arsenal's style of football was speed.

She seems the very essence of kindness (=she seems very kind).

...service that is the essence of swank: the waiters pull out your chair for you and even place your napkin on your lap...

Real definition provides a statement of the nature or essence of a thing.

These photographs capture the essence of working-class life at the turn of the century.

In essence his message was very simple.

Good communications are of the essence to remain competitive.

But it is line, always line, not harmony, that is the essence of the matter.

distill the essence of this compound

Word forms

singular: essence
plural: essences
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