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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

esse

\ES-se; Eng. ES-ee\ , noun;
1.
being; existence.
Quotes:
The esse of the life of every man, which he has from his father, is called the soul, and the existence of life thence derived is called the body.
-- Emanuel Swedenborg, The Earths in Our Solar System, 1758
According to Berkeley, the esse of things is percipi. They exist as they are perceived.
-- Thomas Love Peacock, Nightmare Abbey, 1818
Origin:
Esse comes from the Latin word of the same spelling meaning "to be." It has been in English since the 1600s.
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