Definition of esse in English:

esse

Pronunciation /ˈesē//ˈese/

noun

Philosophy
  • Essential nature or essence.

    See also in esse
    • ‘We see here clearly how Thomas has appropriated Plato's thought for his own ‘existential’ (in the sense of esse) purposes.’
    • ‘As potential to, and receptive of esse, essence is thus a principle through which and in which a thing exists.’
    • ‘Essence is the intrinsic limitation of esse, the crystallization of existence, bordered by nothingness.’
    quintessence, soul, spirit, ethos, nature, life, lifeblood, core, heart, centre, crux, nub, nucleus, kernel, marrow, meat, pith, gist, substance, principle, central part, fundamental quality, basic quality, essential part, intrinsic nature, sum and substance, reality, actuality
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Origin

Mid 16th century: Latin, literally to be (used as a noun).

Pronunciation

esse

/ˈesē//ˈese/