the quintessence

noun

formal
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.

Examples of the quintessence in a Sentence

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“The quintessence.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/the%20quintessence. Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

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