quintessential

[kwin-tuh-sen-shuhl]
adjective
1.
of the pure and essential essence of something: the quintessential Jewish delicatessen.
2.
of or pertaining to the most perfect embodiment of something: the quintessential performance of the Brandenburg Concertos.

quintessentially, adverb
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quintessential (ˌkwɪntɪˈsɛnʃəl)
 
adj
most typically representative of a quality, state, etc; perfect
 
quintessentially
 
adv

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quintessential
c.1600, from quintessence.
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Example sentences
It was the quintessential boxer-versus-puncher matchup.
He was the quintessential professional, dignified and gracious, a quiet hero.
It is a quintessential expression of a generation.
Many of the pieces are invigorating for the quintessential athleticism they portray.
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