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  • n  the fifth and highest element after air and earth and fire and water; was believed to be the substance composing all heavenly bodies
  • n  the purest and most concentrated essence of something
  • n  the most typical example or representative of a type

  • Constance Chatterley in love -- the quintessence of romantic adventure in which two people meet, lock eyes, feel an instant thrill of attraction and soon fall into passionate sex.
  • That's the very quintessence of athletic achievement.
  • Infinite Jest was the quintessence of 1990s literary maximalism, and it became instant required reading.
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  • The problem with adaptations
    Quintessence Theater stages a snappy Misanthrope adaptation, full of sexual intrigue and hypocritical starlets. But it forces the question of why we adapt if we love the originals?
    June 11, 2013 - Philly.com

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