One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘uncertainty is part of the very essence of economic activity’
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
2‘essence of ginger’
extract, concentrate, concentration, quintessence, distillate, elixir, abstraction, decoction, juice, tincture, solution, suspension, dilution
‘for them society was in essence a collection of discrete individuals’
basically, fundamentally, elementally, essentially, at bottom, at heart, primarily, principally, chiefly, firstly, predominantly, substantially, in substance, materially
above all, first of all, most of all, first and foremost
effectively, in effect, virtually, to all intents and purposes, intrinsically, inherently
at the end of the day, when all is said and done, when you get right down to it
‘approval can take months when speed is not of the essence’
vital, essential, indispensable, crucial, key, necessary, needed, required, called for, requisite, important, all-important, vitally important, of the utmost importance, of great consequence, critical, life-and-death, imperative, mandatory, compulsory, obligatory, urgent, pressing, burning, compelling, acute, paramount, pre-eminent, high-priority, significant, consequential
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