quintessence

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Etymology[edit]

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

Pronunciation[edit]

  • enPR: kwĭn-tĕsʹ-əns, IPA(key): /kwɪn.ˈtɛs.əns/

Noun[edit]

quintessence (countable and uncountable, plural quintessences)

  1. A thing that is the most perfect example of its type; the most perfect embodiment of something.
  2. A pure substance.
  3. The essence of a thing in its purest and most concentrated form.
  4. (alchemy) The fifth alchemical element, or essence, after earth, air, fire, and water
  5. (physics) A hypothetical form of dark energy postulated to explain observations of an accelerating universe.

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Verb[edit]

quintessence (third-person singular simple present quintessences, present participle quintessencing, simple past and past participle quintessenced)

  1. (transitive) To reduce to its purest and most concentrated essence.

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