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essence

Synonyms of essence in English:

noun

  • 1 uncertainty is part of the very essence of economic activity
    quintessence, soul, spirit, ethos, nature, life, lifeblood, core, heart, centre, crux, nub, nucleus, kernel, marrow, meat, pith, gist, substance, principle, central part, fundamental quality, basic quality, essential part, intrinsic nature, sum and substance, reality, actuality;
    Philosophy  quiddity, esse
    informal nitty-gritty
  • 2 essence of ginger
    extract, concentrate, concentration, quintessence, distillate, elixir, abstraction, decoction, juice, tincture, solution, suspension, dilution;
    scent, perfume
  • Phrases

    in essence
    1
    for them society was in essence a collection of discrete individuals
    effectively, in effect, virtually, to all intents and purposes, intrinsically, inherently;
    French au fond
    informal at the end of the day, when all is said and done, when you get right down to it
    of the essence
    2
    approval can take months when speed is not of the essence
    [Antonyms] inessential
    vital, essential, indispensable, crucial, key, necessary, needed, required, called for, requisite, important, all-important, vitally important, of the utmost importance, of great consequence, critical, life-and-death, imperative, mandatory, compulsory, obligatory, urgent, pressing, burning, compelling, acute, paramount, pre-eminent, high-priority, significant, consequential
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