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Definition of essence:

  1. A being; esp., a purely spiritual being.
  2. Constituent substance.
  3. Perfume; odor; scent; or the volatile matter constituting perfume.
  4. The constituent elementary notions which constitute a complex notion, and must be enumerated to define it; sometimes called the nominal essence.
  5. The constituent quality or qualities which belong to any object, or class of objects, or on which they depend for being what they are ( distinguished as real essence); the real being, divested of all logical accidents; that quality which constitutes or marks the true nature of anything; distinctive character; hence, virtue or quality of a thing, separated from its grosser parts.
  6. The predominant qualities or virtues of a plant or drug, extracted and refined from grosser matter; or, more strictly, the solution in spirits of wine of a volatile or essential oil; as, the essence of mint, and the like.
  7. To perfume; to scent.


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