What is the meaning of essence?


  • The choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience.
    • usage: "the gist of the prosecutor's argument"; "the heart and soul of the Republican Party"; "the nub of the story"
  • Any substance possessing to a high degree the predominant properties of a plant or drug or other natural product from which it is extracted.
  • The central meaning or theme of a speech or literary work.
  • A toiletry that emits and diffuses a fragrant odor.
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