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esse

[es-se; English es-ee]
noun Latin.
being; existence.
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esse (ˈɛsɪ)
 
n
1.  existence
2.  essential nature; essence
 
[C17: from Latin: to be]

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-ess
fem. suffix, from Fr. -esse, from L.L. -issa, from Gk. -issa (cognate with O.E. fem. agent suffix -icge); rare in classical Gk., but more common later, in diakonissa "deaconess" and other Church terms picked up by Latin.
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