Definition of Quintessential

1. Adjective. Representing the perfect example of a class or quality.

Partainyms: Quintessence
Derivative terms: Quintessence, Quintessence, Quintessence

Definition of Quintessential

1. a. Of the nature of a quintessence; purest.

Definition of Quintessential

1. Adjective. Of the nature of a quintessence (in all senses); ultimate. ¹

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Definition of Quintessential

1. [adj]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Quintessential

quintans
quintar
quintars
quintas
quintate
quintates
quintating
quinte
quintenary
quintennial
quinternion
quinternions
quintes
quintessence
quintessences
quintessential (current term)
quintessentially
quintet
quintets
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quintette
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quintetto
quintettos
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quintic
quintic function
quinticlave
quinticlaves
quintics

Literary usage of Quintessential

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1. Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Standard Work of Reference in Art, Literature (1907)
"But this applies to all the brief and quintessential forms of poetry, such as the sonnet, the elegy, etc. certain writers, he says, often avoid it, ..."

2. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1918)
"The work is suffused with tints of quintessential delicacy; we meet there only the softest murmurs, the tenderest emotions, the most fainting languors. ..."

3. Retrospective Reviews: A Literary Log by Richard Le Gallienne (1896)
"... highest form of spiritual doctrine, the more impressive because inarticulate. ^However, with the few to whom such quintessential poetry as this appeals ..."

4. Stages to Saturn: A Technological History of the Apollo/Saturn Launch Vehicle by Roger E. Bilstein (1999)
"... Checkout to Launch: The quintessential Computer During World War II, the growing sophistication of weapon systems and communications equipment prompted ..."

5. The Poetical Works of Robert Southey by Robert Southey (1845)
"No Dragon does there need for thee With quintessential sting to work alarms, Prepotent guardian of thy fruitage fine, Thou vegetable Porcupine ! ..."

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