Synonyms of essence in English:

essence


See definition of essence

noun

1‘uncertainty is part of the very essence of economic activity’

SYNONYMS

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

quiddity, esse

informal nitty-gritty

2‘essence of ginger’

SYNONYMS

extract, concentrate, concentration, quintessence, distillate, elixir, abstraction, decoction, juice, tincture, solution, suspension, dilution

scent, perfume


Phrases

    in essence

      ‘for them society was in essence a collection of discrete individuals’

      SYNONYMS

      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

      au fond

      informal

      at the end of the day, when all is said and done, when you get right down to it

    of the essence

      ‘approval can take months when speed is not of the essence’

      SYNONYMS

      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

      ANTONYMS

      inessential