Definition of essence
- a painting that captures the essence of the land
- the essence of the issue
- she was the essence of punctuality
The essence of love is unselfishness.
The book's illustrations capture the essence of the story.
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sum and substance, the long and short (or the long and the short);
: the basic nature of a thing : the quality or qualities that make a thing what it is
: a substance that contains in very strong form the special qualities (such as the taste and smell) of the thing from which it is taken
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to pay off by making regular payments
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