Essentially vs Quintessentially - What's the difference?

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As adverbs the difference between essentially and quintessentially

is that essentially is in an essential manner; in essence while quintessentially is in a manner that is typical or characteristic of a thing's nature.

essentially

English

Adverb

(en adverb)
  • In an essential manner; in essence.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2012-03
  • , author=(Henry Petroski) , title=Opening Doors , volume=100, issue=2, page=112-3 , magazine= citation , passage=A doorknob of whatever roundish shape is effectively a continuum of levers, with the axis of the latching mechanism—known as the spindle—being the fulcrum about which the turning takes place. Applying a force tangential to the knob is essentially equivalent to applying one perpendicular to a radial line defining the lever.}}

    Synonyms

    * actually, at bottom, at heart, basically, centrally, characteristically, factually, fundamentally, in essence, in the main, inherently, intrinsically, naturally, substantially

    quintessentially

    English

    Adverb

    (-)
  • In a manner that is typical or characteristic of a thing's nature.
  • * 1994 — Christopher Bulis, State of Change , ch XXIII, p237
  • Peri handed Ptolemy his helmet. It had a crest on it, which she always thought looked quintessentially Roman.

    Synonyms

    * typically