Synonyms and Antonyms of quintessence
1 the most perfect type or example the Parthenon in Greece was considered the quintessence of the perfectly proportioned building Synonyms acme, apotheosis, beau ideal, byword, classic, epitome, exemplar, ideal, perfection Related Words archetype, model, prototype; paradigm, standard; nonpareil, paragon; abstract, avatar, embodier, embodiment, incarnation, incorporation, manifestation, personification; height, last word, meridian, ultimate, zenith; benchmark, criterion, touchstone, yardstick
2 the quality or qualities that make a thing what it is a selfless desire to help others is the quintessence of the virtue of charity Synonyms being, essentiality, nature, quiddity, essence, soul, stuff, substanceRelated Words heart, spirit; alpha and omega, center, core, keynote, marrow, pith, seat; embodiment, epitome, incarnation, manifestation, personification; aspect, attribute, feature, property; gist, kernel, nub
quintessence was our Word of the Day on 01/06/2013. Hear the podcast!
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up quintessence? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).