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Definition 1: the purest and most concentrated essence of something - [noun denoting cognition]

(quintessence is a kind of ...) the choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience

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

Definition 2: the most typical example or representative of a type - [noun denoting cognition]

(quintessence is a kind of ...) an item of information that is typical of a class or group

"this patient provides a typical example of the syndrome" "there is an example on page 10"

Definition 3: the fifth and highest element after air and earth and fire and water; was believed to be the substance composing all heavenly bodies - [noun denoting substance]

Synonyms for quintessence in the sense of this definition

(quintessence is a kind of ...) one of four substances thought in ancient and medieval cosmology to constitute the physical universe

"the alchemists believed that there were four elements"

(quintessence is used in the usage domain ...) the use of an archaic expression

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