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(n) the concentrated essence of something; the best example or embodiment of something. Origin: L quinta, fifth + essentia, essence => 'the fifth essence of all matter, the first four essences being water, air, earth, fire. These five elements were together said to compose all matter. "It is easy enough to be friendly to one's friends. But to befriend the one who regards himself as your enemy is the quintessence of true religion. The other is mere business." Mohandas K. Gandhi

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