Definition of in essence in English:

in essence


  • Basically and without regard for peripheral details; fundamentally.

    ‘in detail the class system is complex but in essence it is simple’
    • ‘Football, in essence, is competitive and it is important for the health of the game that it remains so.’
    • ‘The rest were in essence apolitical, which made their attitude even more alarming.’
    • ‘But, in essence there is now something bigger and more important than just being here.’
    • ‘They say that the mind works, in essence, like an enormously complicated algorithm.’
    • ‘To wish it were otherwise is in essence to wish that we were not physical beings at all.’
    • ‘It has been convincingly argued that nostalgia is, in essence, a state of depression.’
    • ‘It doesn't matter who you are or what you are, in essence we all carry the same powerful feeling.’
    • ‘Both types of wedding are, in essence, variations on the traditional fairytale ending.’
    • ‘It may sound crude, but that is, in essence, the choice women are repeatedly asked to make.’
    • ‘Because in essence, power is getting other people to accept your interpretation of things.’
    • ‘The geniuses that we so often read about and hear about are in essence no different from us.’
    • ‘I have changed my mind, for better or worse, because in essence this is a diary even though I don't want it to be.’
    basically, fundamentally, elementally, essentially, at bottom, at heart, primarily, principally, chiefly, firstly, predominantly, substantially, in substance, materially
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