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Essence vs. Element — What's the Difference?

Essence vs. Element — What's the Difference?

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Essence

Essence (Latin: essentia) is a polysemic term, used in philosophy and theology as a designation for the property or set of properties that make an entity or substance what it fundamentally is, and which it has by necessity, and without which it loses its identity. Essence is contrasted with accident: a property that the entity or substance has contingently, without which the substance can still retain its identity.
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Element

A fundamental, essential, or irreducible constituent of a composite entity.
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Essence

The intrinsic nature or indispensable quality of something, especially something abstract, which determines its character
Conflict is the essence of drama
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Element

Elements The basic assumptions or principles of a subject.
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Essence

An extract or concentrate obtained from a plant or other matter and used for flavouring or scent
Vanilla essence
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Element

A member of a set.
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Essence

The intrinsic or indispensable quality or qualities that serve to characterize or identify something
The essence of democracy is the freedom to choose.
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Element

A point, line, or plane.
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Essence

(Philosophy) The inherent, unchanging nature of a thing or class of things, especially as contrasted with its existence.
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Element

A part of a geometric configuration, such as an angle in a triangle.
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Essence

The most important part or aspect of something
The essence of her argument is that the policy is wrongheaded.
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Element

The generatrix of a geometric figure.
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Essence

An extract that has the fundamental properties of a substance in concentrated form.
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Element

Any of the terms in the rectangular array of terms that constitute a matrix or determinant.
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Essence

Such an extract in a solution of alcohol.
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Element

Chemistry & Physics A substance composed of atoms having an identical number of protons in each nucleus. Elements cannot be reduced to simpler substances by normal chemical means. See Periodic Table.
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Essence

A perfume or scent.
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Element

One of four substances, earth, air, fire, or water, formerly regarded as a fundamental constituent of the universe.
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Essence

One that has or shows an abundance of a quality as if highly concentrated
A neighbor who is the essence of hospitality.
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Element

(Electricity)The resistance wire in an electrical appliance such as a heater or an oven.
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Essence

Something that exists, especially a spiritual or incorporeal entity.
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Element

Elements The forces that constitute the weather, especially severe or inclement weather:outside paint that had been damaged by the elements.
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Essence

The inherent nature of a thing or idea.
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Element

An environment naturally suited to or associated with an individual:He is in his element when traveling. The business world is her element.
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Essence

(philosophy) The true nature of anything, not accidental or illusory.
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Element

A distinct group within a larger community:the dissident element on campus.
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Essence

Constituent substance.
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Element

A ground unit in an air force comparable to a platoon.
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Essence

A being; especially, a purely spiritual being.
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Element

A unit of an air force equal to two or three aircraft.
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Essence

A significant feature of something.
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Element

Elements The bread and wine of the Eucharist.
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Essence

The concentrated form of a plant or drug obtained through a distillation process.
Essence of Jojoba
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Element

One of the simplest or essential parts or principles of which anything consists, or upon which the constitution or fundamental powers of anything are based.
Letters are the elements of written language.
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Essence

An extract or concentrate obtained from a plant or other matter used for flavouring, or as a restorative.
Vanilla essence
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Element

(chemistry) Any one of the simplest chemical substances that cannot be decomposed in a chemical reaction or by any chemical means and made up of atoms all having the same number of protons.
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Essence

Fragrance, a perfume.
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Element

One of the four basic building blocks of matter in theories of ancient philosophers and alchemists: water, earth, fire, and air.
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Essence

The constituent elementary notions which constitute a complex notion, and must be enumerated to define it; sometimes called the nominal essence.
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Element

A basic, simple substance out of which something is made, raw material.
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Essence

The constituent quality or qualities which belong to any object, or class of objects, or on which they depend for being what they are (distinguished as real essence); the real being, divested of all logical accidents; that quality which constitutes or marks the true nature of anything; distinctive character; hence, virtue or quality of a thing, separated from its grosser parts.
The laws are at present, both in form and essence, the greatest curse that society labors under.
Gifts and alms are the expressions, not the essence of this virtue [charity].
The essence of Addison's humor is irony.
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Element

(legal) A required aspect or component of a cause of action. A deed is regarded as a violation of law only if each element can be proved.
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Essence

Constituent substance.
And uncompounded is their essence pure.
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Element

(set theory) One of the objects in a set.
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Essence

A being; esp., a purely spiritual being.
As far as gods and heavenly essencesCan perish.
He had been indulging in fanciful speculations on spiritual essences, until . . . he had and ideal world of his own around him.
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Element

(mathematics) One of the entries of a matrix.
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Essence

The predominant qualities or virtues of a plant or drug, extracted and refined from grosser matter; or, more strictly, the solution in spirits of wine of a volatile or essential oil; as, the essence of mint, and the like.
The . . . word essence . . . scarcely underwent a more complete transformation when from being the abstract of the verb "to be," it came to denote something sufficiently concrete to be inclosed in a glass bottle.
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Element

Any of the teeth of a zip fastener.
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Essence

Perfume; odor; scent; or the volatile matter constituting perfume.
Nor let the essences exhale.
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Element

A small part of the whole.
An element of the picture
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Essence

To perfume; to scent.
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Element

A small but present amount of a quality, a hint.
An element of doubt
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Essence

The choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience;
The gist of the prosecutor's argument
The heart and soul of the Republican Party
The nub of the story
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Element

A factor, one of the conditions contributing to a result.
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Essence

Any substance possessing to a high degree the predominant properties of a plant or drug or other natural product from which it is extracted
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Element

(obsolete) The sky.
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Essence

The central meaning or theme of a speech or literary work
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Element

(obsolete) Any one of the heavenly spheres believed to carry the celestial bodies.
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Essence

A toiletry that emits and diffuses a fragrant odor
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Element

Atmospheric forces such as strong winds and rains.
Exposed to the elements
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Element

A place or state of being that an individual or object is best suited to.
To be in one's element
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Element

The bread and wine taken at Holy Communion.
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Element

A group of people within a larger group having a particular common characteristic.
You sometimes find the hooligan element at football matches.
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Element

(in the plural only) The basic principles of a field of knowledge, basics, fundamentals, rudiments.
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Element

A component in electrical equipment, often in the form of a coil, having a high resistance, thereby generating heat when a current is passed through it.
The element in this electric kettle can heat the water in under a minute.
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Element

(mathematics) An infinitesimal interval of a quantity, a differential.
The element of area in Cartesian coordinates is dx dy.
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Element

(astronomy) An orbital element; one of the parameters needed to uniquely specify a particular orbit.
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Element

(computing) One of the conceptual objects in a markup language, usually represented in text by tags.
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Element

(obsolete) To compound of elements.
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Element

(obsolete) To constitute and be the elements of.
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Element

One of the simplest or essential parts or principles of which anything consists, or upon which the constitution or fundamental powers of anything are based.
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Element

One of the ultimate, undecomposable constituents of any kind of matter. Specifically: (Chem.) A substance which cannot be decomposed into different kinds of matter by any means at present employed; as, the elements of water are oxygen and hydrogen.
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Element

One of the ultimate parts which are variously combined in anything; as, letters are the elements of written language; hence, also, a simple portion of that which is complex, as a shaft, lever, wheel, or any simple part in a machine; one of the essential ingredients of any mixture; a constituent part; as, quartz, feldspar, and mica are the elements of granite.
The simplicity which is so large an element in a noble nature was laughed to scorn.
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Element

One out of several parts combined in a system of aggregation, when each is of the nature of the whole; as, a single cell is an element of the honeycomb.
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Element

One of the simplest essential parts, more commonly called cells, of which animal and vegetable organisms, or their tissues and organs, are composed.
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Element

An infinitesimal part of anything of the same nature as the entire magnitude considered; as, in a solid an element may be the infinitesimal portion between any two planes that are separated an indefinitely small distance. In the calculus, element is sometimes used as synonymous with differential.
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Element

One of the necessary data or values upon which a system of calculations depends, or general conclusions are based; as, the elements of a planet's orbit.
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Element

The simplest or fundamental principles of any system in philosophy, science, or art; rudiments; as, the elements of geometry, or of music.
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Element

Any outline or sketch, regarded as containing the fundamental ideas or features of the thing in question; as, the elements of a plan.
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Element

One of the simple substances, as supposed by the ancient philosophers; one of the imaginary principles of matter.
Of elementsThe grosser feeds the purer: Earth the Sea;Earth and the Sea feed Air; the Air those FiresEthereal.
Does not our life consist of the four elements?
And the complexion of the element [i. e.,the sky or air]In favor's like the work we have in hand,Most bloody, fiery, and most terrible.
About twelve ounces [of food], with mere element for drink.
They show that they are out of their element.
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Element

The conditions and movements of the air.
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Element

The whole material composing the world.
The elements shall melt with fervent heat.
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Element

The bread and wine used in the eucharist or Lord's supper.
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Element

To compound of elements or first principles.
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Element

To constitute; to make up with elements.
His very soul was elemented of nothing but sadness.
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Element

An abstract part of something;
Jealousy was a component of his character
Two constituents of a musical composition are melody and harmony
The grammatical elements of a sentence
A key factor in her success
Humor: an effective ingredient of a speech
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Element

Any of the more than 100 known substances (of which 92 occur naturally) that cannot be separated into simpler substances and that singly or in combination constitute all matter
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Element

An artifact that is one of the individual parts of which a composite entity is made up; especially a part that can be separated from or attached to a system;
Spare components for cars
A component or constituent element of a system
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Element

One of four substances thought in ancient and medieval cosmology to constitute the physical universe;
The alchemists believed that there were four elements
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Element

The most favorable environment for a plant or animal;
Water is the element of fishes
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Element

The situation in which you are happiest and most effective;
In your element
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Element

A straight line that generates a cylinder or cone
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