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Definition of pith:

  1. Hence: The which contains the strength of life; the vital or essential part; concentrated force; vigor; strength; importance; as, the speech lacked pith.
  2. The soft spongy substance in the center of the stems of many plants and trees, especially those of the dicotyledonous or exogenous classes. It consists of cellular tissue.
  3. The spinal cord; the marrow.
  4. The spongy interior substance of a feather.
  5. To destroy the central nervous system of ( an animal, as a frog), as by passing a stout wire or needle up and down the vertebral canal.

Synonyms:

midpoint, aggregate, subject matter, shopping center, center of attention, plaza, burden, summation, core group, marrow, center, vegetable marrow, medulla, content, spunk, nerve center, internality, perfume, sum, snapper, centre, pump, essence, stuff, nub, kernel, centerfield, philia, amount of money, spirit, mettle, affection, fondness, nucleus, tenderness, shopping centre, heart and soul, join, gravamen, core, amount, total, substance, ticker, gist, totality, soul, meat, effect, affectionateness, warmness, fiber, nubble, middle, be, heart, union, centre of attention, center field, sum of money, means, quintessence, bone marrow, nerve, nerve centre, stem, nitty-gritty, bosom, eye, shopping mall, marrow squash, mall, inwardness, stub, magnetic core, root, sum total, warmheartedness.

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