quintessence: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (kwin-tes'uns), [key]
- the pure and concentrated essence of a substance.
- the most perfect embodiment of something.
- (in ancient and medieval philosophy) the fifth essence or element, ether, supposed to be the constituent matter of the heavenly bodies, the others being air, fire, earth, and water.
- quintessence (Thesaurus)