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.
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.