• enPR kwĭn-tĕsʹ-əns, IPA: /kwɪn.ˈtɛs.əns/, /kwɪn.ˈtɛs.ɨns/


  1. A thing that is the most perfect example of its type; the most perfect embodiment of something; epitome, prototype.
    Synonyms: Thesaurus:model
    • 1837 Thomas Carlyle, The French Revolution: A History
      As families and kindreds sometimes do; producing, after long ages of unnoted notability, some living quintescence of all the qualities they had, to flame forth as a man world-noted[.]
  2. A pure substance.
    Synonyms: Thesaurus:non-mixture
  3. The essence of a thing in its purest and most concentrated form.
    Synonyms: Thesaurus:gist
    • 1667, John Milton, “Book VII ↗”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: Printed [by Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker […] [a]nd by Robert Boulter […] [a]nd Matthias Walker, […], OCLC 228722708 ↗; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: The Text Exactly Reproduced from the First Edition of 1667: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, OCLC 230729554 ↗, lines 243–245:
      Let ther be Light, ſaid God, and forthwith Light, / Ethereal, firſt of things, quinteſſence pure, / Sprung from the Deep, [...]
  4. (alchemy) The fifth alchemical element, or essence, after earth, air, fire, and water
  5. (physics) A hypothetical form of dark energy postulated to explain observations of an accelerating universe.
Translations Verb

quintessence (quintessences, present participle quintessencing; past and past participle quintessenced)

  1. (transitive) To reduce to its purest and most concentrated essence.

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