Welcome to another exciting installment of Word Woman’s Weekly Work-Out! On this day in 1880, Helen Keller was born. Here’s an illuminating Word of the Week to enliven your vocabulary:
1. The fifth and highest element in ancient and medieval philosophy that permeates all nature and is the substance composing the celestial bodies
2. The essence of a thing in its purest and most concentrated form
3. The most typical example or representative
“Quintessence”, http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quintessence , 5/29/2013
Example: The captain was the quintessence of calm, steadfast even in the face of the most fearsome gale, and his crew looked to him for guidance in emergencies.