Anonymous asked in Education & ReferenceWords & Wordplay · 8 years ago

what is the difference between the meaning of the words 'epitome' and 'quintessence'?


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  • 8 years ago
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    They both mean pretty much the same thing. The only difference is in their 2nd meanings:

    Epitome can mean:

    a summary of a written work; an abstract.

    • archaic a thing representing something else in miniature.

    Quintessence can mean:

    the aspect of something regarded as the intrinsic and central constituent of its character: we were all brought up to believe that advertising is the quintessence of marketing.

    • a refined essence or extract of a substance.

    • (in classical and medieval philosophy) a fifth substance in addition to the four elements, thought to compose the heavenly bodies and to be latent in all things.

    Source(s): Mac Dictionary
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