Roget's Thesaurus: Entry 5 (Intrinsicality)

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#5. Intrinsicality.-- N. intrinsicality[obs], inbeing[obs], inherence, inhesion[obs]; subjectiveness; ego; egohood[obs]; essence, noumenon; essentialness[obs] &c. adj.; essential part, quintessence, incarnation, quiddity, gist, pith, marrow, core, sap, lifeblood, backbone, heart, soul; important part &c. (importance) 642.

principle, nature, constitution, character, type, quality, crasis[obs], diathesis[obs].

habit; temper, temperament; spirit, humor, grain; disposition.

endowment, capacity; capability &c. (power) 157.

moods, declensions, features, aspects; peculiarities &c. (speciality) 79; idiosyncrasy, oddity; idiocrasy &c. (tendency) 176[obs]; diagnostics.

V. be in the blood, run in the blood; be born so; be intrinsic &c. adj.

Adj. derived from within, subjective; intrinsic, intrinsical[obs]; fundamental, normal; implanted, inherent, essential, natural; innate, inborn, inbred, ingrained, inwrought; coeval with birth, genetous[obs], haematobious[obs], syngenic[obs]; radical, incarnate, thoroughbred, hereditary, inherited, immanent; congenital, congenite|; connate, running in the blood; ingenerate[obs], ingenite|; indigenous; in the grain &c. n.; bred in the bone, instinctive; inward, internal &c. 221; to the manner born; virtual.

characteristic &c. (special) 79, (indicative) 550; invariable, incurable, incorrigible, ineradicable, fixed.

Adv. intrinsically &c. adj.; at bottom, in the main, in effect, practically, virtually, substantially, au fond; fairly.

Phr. " character is higher than intellect " [Emerson]; "come give us a taste of your quality " magnos homines virtute metimur non fortuna [Lat][ Hamlet][Nepos]; non numero haec judicantur sed pondere [Lat][Cicero]; " vital spark of heavenly flame " [Pope].