Definition of Quintessence and etimology

Quintessence (Latin, quinta essentia, «fifth essence or element») is in Pythagorean mysticism the fifth element or spirit that fills the universe generating its life and vitality.

Quintessence encompasses the other four elements, fire, air, water, and earth; therefore, it is ‘pure essence’ essential for life.

In Hinduism it is known as akasha; in alchemy azoth, or the transcendental philosopher’s stone.

Other meanings are:

  • In physics: the Dark energy form (Theory).
  • The essence of a thing. The most representative example or representation of a thing. The ideal.



Some synonims:

  • essence
  • soul
  • spirit
  • substance
  • essentiality
  • root


Quintessence in a sentence

  • Soccer is the quintessence of sports
  • He has the quintessence of a good family


Drury, Nevil. The Watkins Dictionary of Magic. London. Watkins Publishing. 2005. p. 242