essence

Part of speech: noun

The intrinsic nature of anything.

Part of speech: noun

Being or existence; a spiritual being.

Part of speech: noun

A solution, as of an essential oil in alcohol.

Part of speech: noun

Perfume; scent.

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Usage examples "essence":

  1. His work should be true to life and give the essence of actual human nature, and also express emotions and thoughts common to the men of all times. - "English Literature and Society in the Eighteenth Century", Leslie Stephen.
  2. For it was by no means his object to represent this or that occurrence, to embrace one side of poetry, and explain it by figures and narrative; but it was his intention, as is plain from the last chapter of the first part, to express the real essence of poetry and explain its inmost aim. - "Henry of Ofterdingen: A Romance.", Friedrich von Hardenberg.
  3. They were somehow drawn from Brahm's essence, on one occasion when he was awake. - "Dr. Scudder's Tales for Little Readers, About the Heathen.", Dr. John Scudder.