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  1. [n]  the choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience; "the gist of the prosecutor's argument"; "the heart and soul of the Republican Party"; "the nub of the story"
  2. [adv]  with complete faith; "she was with him heart and soul"
 Synonyms: body and soul, center, core, essence, gist, heart, inwardness, kernel, marrow, meat, nitty-gritty, nub, pith, substance, sum
 See Also: cognitive content, content, haecceity, hypostasis, mental object, quiddity, quintessence, stuff



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