Quintessence vs Quiddity - What's the difference?
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.
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.
(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” (
* 1962 , (Vladimir Nabokov), Pale Fire :
- 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.
- My vision reeked with truth. It had the tone,
- The quiddity and quaintness of its own
* 1978 , (Lawrence Durrell), Livia'', Faber & Faber 1992 (''Avignon Quintet ), p. 352:
(legal) A trifle; a nicety or quibble.
An eccentricity; an odd feature.
- 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.
* (essence) nature, quintessence, whatness
* (essence) quality