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Definition 1: the choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where gist 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 gist in the sense of this definition

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"suspense is the very stuff of narrative"

Definition 2: the central meaning or theme of a speech or literary work - [noun denoting communication]

Synonyms for gist in the sense of this definition

(gist 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"

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