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Word of the Day: quintessence - TechiLive.in

Word of the Day: quintessence

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1. the most typical example or representative of a type

2. the purest and most concentrated essence of something

3. (in ancient philosophy) the fifth and highest element after air and earth and fire and water; was believed to be the substance composing all heavenly bodies

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The word quintessence has appeared in 10 articles on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on May 5 in “France Battles Over Whether to Cancel or Celebrate Napoleon” by Roger Cohen:

By paying his respects to Napoleon, Mr. Macron will please a restive French right dreaming of lost glory and of a moment when, under its turbulent emperor, France stood at the center of the world. The French obsession with the romantic epic of Napoleon’s rise and fall is undying, as countless magazine covers and talk shows have underscored in recent weeks.

This general by his 20s, this “Robespierre on horseback” bearing the anticlerical message of the 1789 revolution across Europe, this mastermind of the battles of Marengo and Austerlitz, represents a quintessence of French audacity and genius to a France that must now satisfy itself with being a medium-sized power.

Can you correctly use the word quintessence in a sentence?

Based on the definition and example provided, write a sentence using today’s Word of the Day and share it as a comment on this article. It is most important that your sentence makes sense and demonstrates that you understand the word’s definition, but we also encourage you to be creative and have fun.

Then, read some of the other sentences students have submitted and use the “Recommend” button to vote for two original sentences that stand out to you.

If you want a better idea of how quintessence can be used in a sentence, read these usage examples on Vocabulary.com.

If you enjoy this daily challenge, try using multiple Words of the Day in a 50-word story that you submit to our Monthly Vocabulary Challenge.

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