Quintessence vs Wonderful - What's the difference?

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As a noun quintessence

is a thing that is the most perfect example of its type; the most perfect embodiment of something.

As a verb quintessence

is to reduce to its purest and most concentrated essence.

As an adjective wonderful is

tending to excite wonder; surprising, extraordinary.

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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    wonderful

    English

    Alternative forms

    * wonderfool (eye dialect), woonderful (eye dialect), wonderfull (archaic), wondreful (obsolete), wondrefull (obsolete)

    Adjective

    (en-adj)
  • Tending to excite wonder; surprising, extraordinary.
  • * 1992 , Hilary Mantel, A Place of Greater Safety , Harper Perennial 2007, p. 278:
  • He is massively corrupt. It is wonderful how the man's popularity survives.
  • Surprisingly excellent; very good or admirable, extremely impressive.
  • They served a wonderful six-course meal.
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2012 , date=April 29 , author=Nathan Rabin , title=TV: Review: THE SIMPSONS (CLASSIC): “Treehouse of Horror III” (season 4, episode 5; originally aired 10/29/1992) citation , page= , passage=Though they obviously realized that these episodes were part of something wonderful and important and lasting, the writers and producers couldn’t have imagined that 20 years later “Treehouse Of Horror” wouldn’t just survive; it’d thrive as one of the most talked-about and watched episodes of every season of The Simpsons.}}

    Synonyms

    * great, amazing, astonishing, incredible, marvelous, fantastic, frabjous, mint * See also * See also

    Antonyms

    * terrible, horrible

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