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quintessential

[kwin-tuh-sen-shuh l] /ˌkwɪn təˈsɛn ʃəl/
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.
Related forms
quintessentially, adverb
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Examples for quintessentially
  • Among the other technical features of blogs, two highlight the quintessentially social nature of blogging.
  • And-that free and quintessentially homebody activity-they read.
  • Interventions to reconfigure local government are therefore quintessentially rural development initiatives.
  • Such sales are quintessentially real property matters.
British Dictionary definitions for quintessentially

quintessential

/ˌkwɪntɪˈsɛnʃəl/
adjective
1.
most typically representative of a quality, state, etc; perfect
Derived Forms
quintessentially, adverb
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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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