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Definition 1: a toiletry that emits and diffuses a fragrant odor - [noun denoting artifact]

Synonyms for essence in the sense of this definition

(essence is a kind of ...) artifacts used in making your toilet (washing and taking care of your body)

(... is a kind of essence ) a perfumed liquid made of essential oils and alcohol

(... is a kind of essence ) a heavy perfume made from the patchouli plant

(... is a kind of essence ) perfumes in general

(... is a kind of essence ) a jar of mixed flower petals and spices used as perfume

(... is a kind of essence ) perfume consisting of water scented with oil of roses

(... is a kind of essence ) a perfumed liquid lighter than cologne

Definition 2: the choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where essence or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the gist of the prosecutor's argument
  • the heart and soul of the Republican Party
  • the nub of the story

Synonyms for essence in the sense of this definition

(essence is a kind of ...) the sum or range of what has been perceived, discovered, or learned

(... is a kind of essence ) (plural) the most basic facts or elements

"he told us only the bare bones of the story"

(... is a kind of essence ) (metaphysics) essential nature or underlying reality

(... is a kind of essence ) the essence that makes something the kind of thing it is and makes it different from any other

(... is a kind of essence ) the purest and most concentrated essence of something

(... is a kind of essence ) a critically important or characteristic component

"suspense is the very stuff of narrative"

Definition 3: the central meaning or theme of a speech or literary work - [noun denoting communication]

Synonyms for essence in the sense of this definition

(essence is a kind of ...) the message that is intended or expressed or signified

"what is the meaning of this sentence" "the significance of a red traffic light" "the signification of Chinese characters" "the import of his announcement was ambiguous"

Definition 4: any substance possessing to a high degree the predominant properties of a plant or drug or other natural product from which it is extracted - [noun denoting substance]

(essence is a kind of ...) the real physical matter of which a person or thing consists

"DNA is the substance of our genes"

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