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