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