Representing the Most Perfect Example

Representing the most perfect example crossword clue. The Time Times Concise Jumbo No 1270 crossword puzzle on 11 June 2017


Of the nature of a quintessence (in all senses); ultimate.

From Middle English, a borrowing from Middle French, from Medieval Latin quinta essentia (“fifth essence, aether”). “Essence” in this context is a synonym for “element”. In pre-atomic/Aristotlean theory, there were four known elements or essences — Earth, Air, Fire and Water — and a putative fifth element (aether), which was considered to be of exceptional superior quality to the other four basic elements.


  1. A thing that is the most perfect example of its type; the most perfect embodiment of something; epitome, prototype.
  2. A pure substance.
  3. The essence of a thing in its purest and most concentrated form.
  4. (alchemy) The fifth alchemical element, or essence, after earth, air, fire, and water
  5. (physics) A hypothetical form of dark energy postulated to explain observations of an accelerating universe.
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