essence

  • 1 essence — [ esɑ̃s ] n. f. • 1130; lat. philos. essentia I ♦ Philos. Ce qui constitue la nature d un être. 1 ♦ Philos. (opposé à accident) Fond de l être, nature intime des choses. ⇒ nature, substance. L essence des choses. L essence humaine. « Nous ne… …

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  • 2 Essence — Es sence, n. [F. essence, L. essentia, formed as if fr. a p. pr. of esse to be. See {Is}, and cf. {Entity}.] 1. The constituent elementary notions which constitute a complex notion, and must be enumerated to define it; sometimes called the… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 essence — es·sence / es əns/ n 1: the real or ultimate nature of a thing: the properties that make a thing what it is his award is legitimate only so long as it draws its essence from the collective bargaining agreement United Steel Workers v. Enterprise… …

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  • 4 essence — Essence. s. f. v. Ce par quoy la chose est ce qu elle est, ce qui constituë la chose. L essence divine. l essence des choses. l essence de l homme est d estre animal raisonnable. ces paroles sont de l essence du sacrement. Essence, signifie parmi …

    Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • 5 essence — ► NOUN 1) the intrinsic nature of something; the quality which determines something s character. 2) an extract or concentrate obtained from a plant or other substance and used for flavouring or scent. ● in essence Cf. ↑in essence ● of the essence …

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  • 6 essence — late 14c., essencia (respelled late 15c. on French model), from L. essentia being, essence, abstract noun formed in imitation of Gk. ousia being, essence (from on, gen. ontos, prp. of einai to be ), from essent , prp. stem of esse to be, from PIE …

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  • 7 essence — [es′əns] n. [ME < OFr & L essentia < esse, to be: for IE base see IS1] 1. something that is, or exists; entity 2. that which makes something what it is; intrinsic, fundamental nature or most important quality (of something); essential being …

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  • 8 essence — [n1] heart, significance aspect, attribute, backbone, base, basis, be all and endall*, being, bottom, bottom line*, burden, caliber, character, chief constituent, constitution, core, crux, element, entity, essentia, essentiality, fiber, form,… …

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  • 9 Essence — Es sence, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Essenced}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Essencing}.] To perfume; to scent. Essenced fops. Addison. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 10 Essence — (fr., spr. Essangs), so v.w. Essenz, s.d.; z.B. E. de Mirhane, s.u. Bittermandelöl. E. d Orient (spr. Essangs d Oriang), ein in Chalons fur Saȏne fabricirter Perlenglanz zu Glasperlen …

    Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • 11 Essence — (franz., spr. āngß ), Essenz (s.d.); E. d Orient, E. de perles, soviel wie Perlenessenz; E. de Mirbane, s. Nitrobenzol …

    Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • 12 essence — Essence, Essentia. Quintil …

    Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • 13 essence — (è ssan s ) s. f. 1°   Terme de philosophie et de théologie. Ce qui est, ce qui existe. Dieu est l essence première.    La divine essence, Dieu. •   Les rois, comme rayons de la divine essence, En leur gouvernement imitent sa puissance, ROTR.… …

    Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • 14 Essence — In philosophy, essence is the attribute or set of attributes that make an object or substance what it fundamentally is, and which it has by necessity, and without which it loses its identity. Essence is contrasted with accident: a property that… …

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  • 15 essence — 01. The source of the flavor in vanilla is an aromatic [essence] which forms on the outside of the seed pod. 02. Good social skills are the [essence] of effective personnel management. 03. From 4,000 kilograms of roses, which totals about 55,000… …

    Grammatical examples in English

  • 16 essence — noun 1 basic/most important quality of sth ADJECTIVE ▪ real, true, very ▪ divine, inner, spiritual ▪ The girl has her own spiritual essence …

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  • 17 Essence — Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom. Sur les autres projets Wikimedia : « essence », sur le Wiktionnaire (dictionnaire universel) Le mot essence possède plusieurs… …

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  • 18 ESSENCE — s. f. Ce qui fait qu une chose est ce qu elle est, ce qui constitue la nature d une chose. L essence divine. L essence des choses. L essence de l homme. Ces paroles sont de l essence du sacrement. Ce qui est de l essence d un contrat, ce qui en… …

    Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 7eme edition (1835)

  • 19 essence — [[t]e̱s(ə)ns[/t]] essences 1) N UNCOUNT: usu N of n The essence of something is its basic and most important characteristic which gives it its individual identity. The essence of consultation is to listen to, and take account of, the views of… …

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  • 20 essence — es|sence [ˈesəns] n [Date: 1300 1400; : French; Origin: Latin essentia, from esse to be ] 1.) [singular] the most basic and important quality of something essence of ▪ The essence of Arsenal s style of football was speed. ▪ She seems the very… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English