Sunday, January 6, 2013

Word of the Day: Quintessence

Quintessence (quin-tes-sense) \kwin-TESS-unss\

1 : the fifth and highest element in ancient and medieval philosophy that permeates all nature and is the substance composing the celestial bodies
2 : the essence of a thing in its purest and most concentrated form
3 : the most typical example or representative
- quintessential adjective
- quintessentially adverb
Word Origin:
Middle English, from Middle French quinte essence, from Medieval Latin quinta essentia, literally, fifth essence
First Known Use: 15th century
 Spanish - Quintaesencia
German - Quintessenz
French - Quintessence
Russian - Квинтэссенция

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