Synonyms of essence in English:


See definition of essence


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
quiddity, esse
informal nitty-gritty

2‘essence of ginger’

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


    in essence

    ‘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

    au fond


    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’


    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