Quintessence vs Quiddity - What's the difference?

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Quintessence is a synonym of quiddity.


As nouns the difference between quintessence and quiddity

is that quintessence is a thing that is the most perfect example of its type; the most perfect embodiment of something while quiddity is (philosophy) the essence or inherent nature of a person or thing.

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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    quiddity

    Noun

    (quiddities)
  • (philosophy) The essence or inherent nature of a person or thing.
  • * 1822 , October, (Charles Lamb), The Old Actors'', published in ''London Magazine , section on “Mr. Munden” ( ebook):
  • A tub of butter, contemplated by him, amounts to a Platonic idea. He understands a leg of mutton in its quiddity . He stands wondering, amid the commonplace materials of life, like primæval man, with the sun and stars about him.
  • * 1962 , (Vladimir Nabokov), Pale Fire :
  • My vision reeked with truth. It had the tone,
    The quiddity and quaintness of its own
    Reality.
  • * 1978 , (Lawrence Durrell), Livia'', Faber & Faber 1992 (''Avignon Quintet ), p. 352:
  • He represented my quiddity I suppose – the part which, thanks to you, has converted a black pessimism about life into a belief in cosmic absurdity.
  • (legal) A trifle; a nicety or quibble.
  • An eccentricity; an odd feature.
  • Synonyms

    * (essence) nature, quintessence, whatness

    Derived terms

    * quidditative

    Coordinate terms

    * (essence) quality

    See also

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