Catholicism, understood on its own terms, is radically opposed to American culture, and to the essence of modernity.
Compromise is supposed to hurt; sacrifice is the essence of a successful negotiation.
In essence, we're all engaged in a giant game of Find the Umbrella with our nation's hospital administrators.
In essence, Chesapeake would get a rebate on the fees it had guaranteed to Access.
“The mandate requires us in essence to become abortion providers,” Hobby Lobby President Steve Green told reporters last fall.
And, brethren, our self-surrender is the essence of our Christianity.
The essence of freedom is that each of us shares in the shaping of his own destiny.
Its essence is in the form, or perhaps I may rather say in the formlessness, of the law.
The essence of the continental system is its gigantic scale.
The simplest way to prepare this is to toast white bread cut in strips, then spread each with butter and essence of anchovy.
late 14c., essencia (respelled late 15c. on French model), from Latin essentia "being, essence," abstract noun formed (in imitation of Greek ousia "being, essence") from essent-, present participle stem of esse "to be," from PIE *es- (cf. Sanskrit asmi, Hittite eimi, Old Church Slavonic jesmi, Lithuanian esmi, Gothic imi, Old English eom "I am;" see be). Originally "substance of the Trinity," the general sense of "basic element of anything" is first recorded in English 1650s, though this is the base meaning of the first English use of essential.