essence - definition and synonyms

 
 
noun 

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/ˈes(ə)ns/
singularessence
pluralessences
  1. 1
    [singular] the most important part of something, usually the part that gives it its general character
    essence of:

    The essence of their argument is that life cannot be explained by science.

    Wars were the very essence of the Roman Empire.

  2. 2
    [countable/uncountable] a liquid that contains the strong taste or smell of the plant that it is taken from

    vanilla essence