Quintessence

Definition of Quintessence

Quin`tes´sence
n.1.The fifth or last and highest essence or power in a natural body. See Ferment oils, under Ferment.
2.Hence: An extract from anything, containing its rarest virtue, or most subtle and essential constituent in a small quantity; pure or concentrated essence.
Let there be light, said God; and forthwith light
Ethereal, first of things, quintessence pure,
Sprung from the deep.
- Milton.
3.The most characteristic form or most perfect example of some type of object.
v. t.1.To distil or extract as a quintessence; to reduce to a quintessence.

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