Quintessence vs Paradigm - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between quintessence and paradigm

is that quintessence is a thing that is the most perfect example of its type; the most perfect embodiment of something while paradigm is an example serving as a model or pattern; a template.

As a verb quintessence

is to reduce to its purest and most concentrated essence.

quintessence

Noun

  • A thing that is the most perfect example of its type; the most perfect embodiment of something.
  • A pure substance.
  • The essence of a thing in its purest and most concentrated form.
  • (alchemy) The fifth alchemical element, or essence, after earth, air, fire, and water
  • (physics) A hypothetical form of dark energy postulated to explain observations of an accelerating universe.
  • Synonyms

    * See also

    Derived terms

    * quintessential * quintessentially

    Verb

    (en-verb)
  • To reduce to its purest and most concentrated essence.
  • References

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    paradigm

    English

    Alternative forms

    * paradigma (archaic)

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • An example serving as a model or pattern; a template.
  • * 2000 , "":
  • According to the Fourth Circuit, “Coca-Cola” is “the paradigm of a descriptive mark that has acquired secondary meaning”.
  • * 2003 , Nicholas Asher and Alex Lascarides, Logics of Conversation , Cambridge University Press, ISBN 0 521 65058 5, page 46:
  • DRT is a paradigm example of a dynamic semantic theory,
  • (linguistics) A set of all forms which contain a common element, especially the set of all inflectional forms of a word or a particular grammatical category.
  • The paradigm of "go" is "go, went, gone."
  • A system of assumptions, concepts, values, and practices that constitutes a way of viewing reality.
  • A conceptual framework—an established thought process.
  • A way of thinking which can occasionally lead to misleading predispositions; a prejudice. A route of mental efficiency which has presumably been verified by affirmative results/predictions.
  • A philosophy consisting of ‘top-bottom’ ideas (namely biases which could possibly make the practitioner susceptible to the ‘confirmation bias’).
  • Synonyms

    * (example) exemplar * (way of viewing reality) model, worldview * See also

    Derived terms

    * paradigmatic * paradigm shift * paradigmaticism

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