As nouns the difference between quintessence and epitome
is that quintessence
is a thing that is the most perfect example of its type; the most perfect embodiment of something while epitome
is (of a class of items) the embodiment or encapsulation of.
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.
* See also
To reduce to its purest and most concentrated essence.
(of a class of items) The embodiment or encapsulation of.
(of a class of items) A representative example.
(of a class of items) The height; the best.
(of a written document) A brief summary.
The sense ‘the height, the best’ is considered incorrect by some; instead, `pinnacle' may be preferred.
* (an embodiment of) in a nutshell (modern idiom), synopsis
* (the best) greatest
* (a summary) abstract, synopsis