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affective meaning, ambergris, ambrosia, aroma, aromatic, aromatic gum, aromatic water, artifact, aspect, at bottom, attar, attar of roses, attribute, au fond, axiom, balm, balm of Gilead, balsam, basically, basis, bay oil, be-all and end-all, bearing, being, bench mark, bergamot oil, best part, better part, body, bottom, brainchild, breath, bulk, burden, cardinal point, case, center, champaca oil, chapter, chief thing, child, civet, climax, coinage, coloring, composition, concentrate, concentration, concern, concoction, connotation, consequence, core, cornerstone, creation, creature, crisis, critical, critical point, crowning achievement, crucial, crux, decoction, definite odor, denotation, detectable odor, distillate, distillation, drift, effect, effluvium, element, elixir, emanation, end product, ens, entity, esse, essential, essential matter, essential oil, essentiality, essentially, exhalation, existence, extension, extract, extraction, fabric, fiber, fixative, flavor, flower, focus, focus of attention, focus of interest, force, form, fragrance, fruit, fume, fundamental, fundamentally, generality, gist, grammatical meaning, gravamen, great point, handiwork, head, heading, heart, heliotrope, high point, hypostasis, idea, impact, implication, import, important, important thing, in effect, in essence, indispensable, infusion, inner essence, intension, invention, inwardness, issue, jasmine oil, kernel, keystone, landmark, lavender oil, lexical meaning, life, literal meaning, living issue, main body, main point, main thing, major part, majority, manufacture, marrow, mass, masterpiece, masterwork, material, material point, materiality, materially, matter, matter in hand, meaning, meat, medium, milestone, mintage, most, motif, motive, musk, myrcia oil, myrrh, nature, new mintage, nub, nubbin, nucleus, nuts and bolts, occurrence, odor, of the essence, offspring, opera, opus, opuscule, origination, outcome, outgrowth, overtone, parfum, perfume, perfumery, pertinence, pith, pivot, plurality, point, point at issue, point in question, postulate, practical consequence, presence, principle, problem, product, production, property, purification, purport, quality, question, quid, quiddity, quintessence, quintessential, range of meaning, real issue, real meaning, recap, recapitulation, redolence, reference, referent, refinement, relation, relevance, requisite, result, resume, rock bottom, root, rose oil, rubric, run-through, rundown, salient point, sap, savor, scent, scope, semantic cluster, semantic field, sense, significance, signification, significatum, signifie, sine qua non, smell, soul, span of meaning, spirit, spoor, stench, structural meaning, stuff, subject, subject matter, subject of thought, subsistence, substance, substantiality, substantially, substantive point, subtle odor, sum, sum and substance, summary, summation, symbolic meaning, tenor, text, texture, the bottom line, the nitty-gritty, the point, theme, thrust, timber, tincture, topic, totality of associations, trace, trail, transferred meaning, turning point, unadorned meaning, undertone, value, virtuality, virtually, vital, volatile oil, whiff, work

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  • 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 …   Etymology dictionary

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

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  • 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

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