quintessential [kwin-tuh-sen-shuh l] Examples adjective

  1. of the pure and essential essence of something: the quintessential Jewish delicatessen.
  2. of or relating to the most perfect embodiment of something: the quintessential performance of the Brandenburg Concertos.

Related formsquin·tes·sen·tial·ly, adverb Examples from the Web for quintessentially Contemporary Examples of quintessentially

  • He was 23 when they met, she 17, and both working at a luxury services company, Quintessentially.

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  • This quintessentially human search for explanation is not specifically conservative.

    Liberian Pastors Blame Ebola on Gays, The Right Blames Obama

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    October 27, 2014

  • Criminal justice is quintessentially a local matter; policing, judging, and operating local jails are municipal endeavors.

    Prosecuting Officer Wilson Won’t Bring Justice to Ferguson

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    August 23, 2014

  • A quintessentially French event, the Tour de France, begins in England.

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  • The quintessentially American lesson he learns is never to be joyless.

    A History of American Fun

    Stefan Beck

    February 9, 2014

  • Historical Examples of quintessentially

  • Now, if the real part of poetry is anywhere in Hayley, or quintessentially in Pope, it certainly is not in Crashaw.

    A History of English Literature

    George Saintsbury

  • The Religio Medici , quintessentially learned, wise and splendid, is the fullest memorial of his power.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 6


  • Indeed he possessed, quintessentially, that “naturalness” of matter and form on which so much stress has been laid.

    A Letter Book

    George Saintsbury

  • British Dictionary definitions for quintessentially quintessential adjective

    1. most typically representative of a quality, state, etc; perfect

    Derived Formsquintessentially, adverb Word Origin and History for quintessentially quintessential adj.

    c.1600, “purest, most refined,” from quintessence (Medieval Latin quint essentia) + -al (1). Related: Quintessentially.

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