Quintessential

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Often used to stress distinctiveness in literature and critical essays. SlideIn this novel, the attic is the quintessential space of mystery.
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May carry a sense of admiration or high value when describing someone's trait. SlideHis bravery in the rescue was the quintessential heroism.
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Used to describe a person or thing seen as a model within a culture. SlideThe Eiffel Tower is the quintessential symbol of Paris.