Definition of the quintessence
1 : the most important part (of something) The quintessence of music is the melody.
2 : the perfect example (of something) He was the quintessence of calm.
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: the fifth and highest element in ancient and medieval philosophy that permeates all nature and is the substance composing the celestial bodies
: the essence of a thing in its purest and most concentrated form
: the most typical example or representative
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