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1 the quality or qualities that make a thing what it is
  • the belief that power ultimately rests with the people is the very essence of democracy

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2 the central part or aspect of something under consideration
  • presented the essence of weeks of testimony in a 20-minute appeal to the jury

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The first known use of essence was in the 14th century

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“Essence.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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