Essence [Noun.]


  1. The inherent nature of a thing or idea.
  2. The true nature of anything, not accidental or illusory.

It derives from  the French essence, which in turn derives from the Latin essentia (the being or essence of a thing); this, from an artificial formation of esse (to be), to translate the Ancient Greek οὐσία (ousía, being).

3 thoughts on “Essence [Noun.]

  1. It’s amazing that some people can deny evolution, when they can see it at work in language.

  2. ” To telle yow al the condicioun,
    Of ech of hem, so as it semed me,
    And whiche they weren, and of what degree,
    And eek in what array that they were inne,
    And at a knyght than wol I first bigynne.

    ~~ Prologue, Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales ~~

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