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quintessence

noun

  1. (element)  the 5th and highest element after air, earth, fire, and water; was believed to be the substance composing all heavenly bodies
    Synonyms: ether [archaic]. Type of: element
  2. (kernel)  the purest and most concentrated essence of something
    Type of: kernel
  3. (example)  the most typical example or representative of a type
    Type of: example

Etymology summary

in ancient and medieval philosophy, "pure essence, substance of which the ...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

quintessence

the most typical representation of a quality, state, etc | an extract of a substance containing its principle in its most concentrated form | (in ... (23 of 392 words, 3 definitions, 7 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Wikipedia:

Quintessence [disambiguation]

may refer to: Aether (classical element), the fifth classical element after earth, fire, water, and air | Quintessence (physics), a hypothetical form of dark energy; postulated to explain the accelerating universe | Quintessence (English band), a 1970s... (35 of 268 words, 21 definitions)

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Merriam-Webster:

quintessence | acme [synonym, sense-specific] | apotheosis [synonym, sense-specific] | beau ideal [synonym, sense-specific] | byword [synonym, sense-specific] | classic [synonym, sense-specific] | epitome [synonym, sense-specific] | exemplar [synonym, sense-specific] | ideal [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

the fifth and highest element in ancient and medieval philosophy that permeates all nature and is the substance composing the celestial bodies | the ... (23 of 163 words, 3 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/quintessence

Oxford Dictionary:

quintessence

the most perfect or typical example of a quality or class | the aspect of something regarded as the intrinsic and central constituent of its character ... (25 of 114 words, 4 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/quintessence

American Heritage Dictionary:

quintessence

The pure, highly concentrated essence of a thing. | The purest or most typical instance | In ancient and medieval philosophy, the fifth and highest ... (23 of 93 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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Wiktionary:

quintessence | model [synonym, sense-specific]

A thing that is the most perfect example of its type; the most perfect embodiment of something. | A pure substance. | The essence in a thing that in its purest and most concentrated form. | [alchemy] The fifth alchemical element, or essence, after... (41 of 69 words, 5 definitions, pronunciation)

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New World Dictionary:

quintessence | quintessential [adjective, related]

in ancient and medieval philosophy, the fifth essence, or ultimate ... | the pure, concentrated essence of anything | the most nearly perfect ... (21 of 65 words, 3 definitions, pronunciations)

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Random House Dictionary:

quintessence

the pure and concentrated essence of a substance. | the most perfect embodiment of something. | (in ancient and medieval philosophy) the fifth essence ... (22 of 51 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/quintessence

Macmillan British Dictionary:

quintessence [singular, formal]

a feature of something that contains all of its main qualities | a person or thing that is a perfect example of something (22 of 46 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/quintessence

Cambridge Dictionary:

quintessence [formal]

the most typical example (4 of 19 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/quintessence

Encarta Dictionary:

quintessence

the purest or most perfect example of something | the purest extract or essence of a substance, containing the substance's properties in their most ... (23 of 106 words, 4 definitions, pronunciations)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861698407​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

quintessence

First use: early 15th century

Origin: in ancient and medieval philosophy, "pure essence, substance of which the heavenly bodies are composed", literally "fifth essence", from Middle French ... (24 of 91 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=quintessence

American Heritage Dictionary:

quintessence

Origin: Middle English, from Old French quinte essence, fifth essence, from Medieval Latin quīnta essentia (translation of Greek ... (17 of 35 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/quintessence

Collins Dictionary:

quintessence

First use: 15th century

Origin: via French from Medieval Latin quinta essentia the fifth essence, translation of Greek pemptē ousia

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/quintessence

Merriam-Webster:

quintessence

First use: 15th century

Origin: Middle English, from Middle French quinte essence, from Medieval Latin quinta essentia, literally, fifth essence

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/quintessence

Oxford Dictionary:

quintessence

Origin: late Middle English (as a term in philosophy): via French from medieval Latin quinta essentia "fifth essence"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/quintessence

New World Dictionary:

quintessence

Origin: Middle English quyntencense from Middle French quinte essence from Medieval Latin quinta essentia

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/quintessence

Wiktionary:

quintessence

Origin: Middle English, from Middle French, from Medieval Latin quinta essentia "fifth essence".

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/quintessence

Encarta Dictionary:

quintessence

First use: 15th century

Origin: French from medieval Latin quinta essentia "fifth essence"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861698407​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

quintessence

Audio: British English pronunciation of "quintessence"

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

quintessence [singular, formal]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "quintessence"

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

quintessence [singular, formal]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "quintessence"

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Cambridge Dictionary:

quintessence [formal]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "quintessence"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "quintessence"

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the Free Dictionary:

quintessence

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "quintessence"

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Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "quintessence" by speech synthesizer

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Google Dictionary:

quintessence | quintessences [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "quintessence"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

quintessence

Audio: North American pronunciation of "quintessence"

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YourDictionary Audio:

quintessence

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "quintessence" by speech synthesizer

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