quintessence

  • 1 quintessence — [ kɛ̃tesɑ̃s ] n. f. • quinte essence v. 1265; lat. scolast. quinta essentia, trad. gr. pemptê ousia « cinquième essence » 1 ♦ Philos. anc. Cinquième élément (l éther) ajouté aux quatre éléments d Empédocle. ♢ Alchim. Qualité pure, principe… …

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  • 2 quintessence — Quintessence. s. f. Le plus pur, le plus subtil qui se tire des substances corporelles, par le feu, ou autrement. Les Chymistes jusqu à present n ont pû tirer la quintessence de l or. Il signifie figur. Ce qu il y a de principal, de plus fin, de… …

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  • 3 Quintessence — Quin*tes sence, v. t. To distil or extract as a quintessence; to reduce to a quintessence. [R.] Stirling. Truth quintessenced and raised to the highest power. J. A. Symonds. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 4 Quintessence — Quin*tes sence, n. [F., fr. L. quinta essentia fifth essence. See {Quint}, and {Essence}.] 1. The fifth or last and highest essence or power in a natural body. See {Ferment oils}, under {Ferment}. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Note: The ancient Greeks… …

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  • 5 Quintessence — Allgemeine Informationen Genre(s) Progressive Rock Gründung 1969 Auflösung 1980 (?) Website …

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  • 6 quintessence — I noun acme, acme of perfection, center, character, characteristic, consequence, consummation, content, core, cornerstone, corpus, culmination, distilled essence, elixir, essence, essentialness, essential part, gist, heart, height, kernel,… …

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  • 7 quintessence — (n.) early 15c., in ancient and medieval philosophy, pure essence, substance of which the heavenly bodies are composed, lit. fifth essence, from M.Fr. quinte essence (14c.), from M.L. quinta essentia, from L. quinta, fem. of quintus fifth (see… …

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  • 8 quintessence — [n] essence, core apotheosis, bottom, distillation, epitome, essentiality, extract, gist, heart, kernel, last word, lifeblood, marrow, pith, quiddity, soul, spirit, stuff, substance, ultimate, virtuality; concepts 682,826 Ant. extra …

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  • 9 quintessence — ► NOUN 1) the most perfect or typical example or embodiment of a quality or type. 2) a refined essence or extract of a substance. ORIGIN from Latin quinta essentia fifth essence , from the belief in ancient philosophy that a fifth substance… …

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  • 10 quintessence — [kwin tes′əns] n. [ME quyntencense < MFr quinte essence < ML quinta essentia] 1. in ancient and medieval philosophy, the fifth essence, or ultimate substance, of which the heavenly bodies were thought to be composed: distinguished from the… …

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  • 11 Quintessence — Эта статья  о британской рок группе. Об альбоме группы Borknagar см. Quintessence (альбом). Quintessence Жанры прогрессивный рок психоделический рок …

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  • 12 quintessence — (kin tè ssan s ) s. f. 1°   Terme de la philosophie scolastique. La substance éthérée. •   Les anciens voulaient que l âme de l homme fût d une espèce de quintessence sans nom, FÉN. Exist. 43. 2°   Dans l ancienne chimie, la partie la plus… …

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  • 13 Quintessence — Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom. Sur les autres projets Wikimedia : « Quintessence », sur le Wiktionnaire (dictionnaire universel) Quintessence (du latin quinta essentia,… …

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  • 14 Quintessence — The Transformers characters are spelled Quintessons. Quintessence, literally fifth essence (from Latin quinta essentia ), can refer : * Aether (classical element), the fifth classical element after earth, fire, water and air * Quintessence… …

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  • 15 quintessence — [[t]kwɪnte̱s(ə)ns[/t]] 1) N UNCOUNT: with supp, usu the N of n The quintessence of something is the most perfect or typical example of it. [FORMAL] He was the quintessence of all that Eva most deeply loathed. 2) N UNCOUNT: with supp, usu the N of …

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  • 16 QUINTESSENCE — s. f. T. de Philosophie ancienne. La substance éthérée.  Il se dit aujourd hui de La partie la plus subtile extraite de quelques corps. Quintessence d absinthe.   Il signifie figurément, Ce qu il y a de principal, de plus fin, de plus caché dans… …

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

  • 17 QUINTESSENCE — n. f. T. de Philosophie ancienne La cinquième essence, opposée aux quatre essences du monde sublunaire. Il se dit aujourd’hui de la Partie la plus subtile extraite de quelques corps. Quintessence d’absinthe. Il signifie, au figuré, Ce qu’il y a… …

    Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 8eme edition (1935)

  • 18 quintessence — quin|tes|sence [kwınˈtesəns] n [Date: 1400 1500; : Old French; Origin: quinte essence, from Medieval Latin quinta essentia fifth essence ; because it was in addition to the four elements earth, air, fire, and water] the quintessence of sth formal …

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  • 19 quintessence — noun the quintessence of sth formal a perfect type or example of something: John is the quintessence of good manners …

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  • 20 quintessence — noun 1) it s the quintessence of the modern home Syn: perfect example, exemplar, prototype, stereotype, picture, epitome, embodiment, ideal, apotheosis; best, pick, prime, acme, crème de la crème 2) brain scientists are investigatin …

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