One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Essential nature or essence.See also in esse
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, actualityView synonyms
- ‘Essence is the intrinsic limitation of esse, the crystallization of existence, bordered by nothingness.’
- ‘As potential to, and receptive of esse, essence is thus a principle through which and in which a thing exists.’
- ‘We see here clearly how Thomas has appropriated Plato's thought for his own ‘existential’ (in the sense of esse) purposes.’
Latin, ‘to be’ (used as a noun).
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