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- (transitive) To deprive of its essential nature.
- 1823, Elia [pseudonym; Charles Lamb], Elia. Essays which have Appeared under that Signature in The London Magazine, London: […] Taylor and Hessey, […], OCLC 559961973:
- Not only does truth, in these long intervals, unessence herself, but (what is harder) one cannot venture a crude fiction for the fear that it may ripen into a truth upon the voyage.
- 1965, An introduction to educational and psychological research (page 7)
- Education is a vital process involving intelligent, growing, sensitive and dynamic human elements and it becomes mechanical at the risk of unessencing itself.