|Origin:||Latin essentia, from esse 'to be'|
the most basic and important quality of something
The essence of Arsenal's style of football was speed.
She seems the very essence of kindness (=she seems very kind).
used when talking about the most basic and important part of something, especially an idea, belief, or argument:
In essence his message was very simple.
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a liquid obtained from a plant, flower etc that has a very strong smell or taste and is used especially in cooking: