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Another word for gravamen

  1. The most central and material part

      1. Matter of a particular kind or chemical composition
      2. Material possessions; goods; wealth:
      3. That which is real or practical in quality or character; practical value:
      1. (Sports) The control a player has over a ball, especially to give it spin, english, curve, or speed.
      2. Constituent elements or basic nature; essence; character
      3. Matter or substance of an unspecified or generalized kind
      1. Strong loyalty or dedication:
      2. A person as characterized by a stated quality:
      3. A force or principle believed to animate humans and often to endure after departing from the body of a person at death; the soul.
      1. A sense of emotional strength or spiritual vitality held to derive from black and especially African-American cultural experience, expressed in areas such as language, social customs, religion, and music.
      2. A person considered as the embodiment of an intangible quality; a personification:
      3. The spirit of a dead person, thought of as separate from the body and leading an existence of its own
      1. The source, origin, or cause of an action, quality, condition, etc.
      2. The usually underground portion of a plant that lacks buds, leaves, or nodes and serves as support, draws minerals and water from the surrounding soil, and sometimes stores food.
      3. (Linguis.) The fundamental element of a word or form, exclusive of all affixes and inflectional phonetic changes
      1. The most nearly perfect or most typical manifestation of a quality or thing
      2. A form of dark energy due to a hypothetical scalar field that permeates all space, the energy density of which varies across space and time, in contrast to the cosmological constant.
      3. In ancient and medieval philosophy, the fifth and highest essence after the four elements of earth, air, fire, and water, thought to be the substance of the heavenly bodies and latent in all things.
      1. The soft, spongy tissue in the center of certain plant stems
      2. The soft core of various other things, as of a bone or feather
      3. The soft, spongy tissue in the center of the stems of most flowering plants, gymnosperms, and ferns. Pith is composed of parenchyma cells. In plants that undergo secondary growth, such as angiosperms, the pith is surrounded by the vascular tissues and is gradually compressed by the inward growth of the vascular tissue known as xylem. In plants with woody stems, the pith dries out and often disintegrates as the plant grows older, leaving the stem hollow.
      1. The essence; the core:
      2. A small piece
      3. (Informal) The point of a story or gist of a matter
      1. The flesh of animals used as food, esp. the flesh of mammals or, often, of fowl
      2. The essence, substance, or gist:
      3. (Vulgar Slang) The human body regarded as an object of sexual desire.
      1. The inmost, choicest, or essential part; the pith.
      2. The soft, vascular, fatty tissue that fills the cavities of most bones
      3. (Geordie, informal) A friend, pal, buddy, mate.
      1. The central, most important part of something; core; essence
      2. A small amount of something, especially when potentially developing into something else:
      3. The usually edible seed inside the hard covering of a nut or fruit stone.
      1. Emotional constitution, basic disposition, or character:
      2. The human heart considered as the center or source of emotions, personality attributes, etc.
      3. A person esteemed or admired as lovable, loyal, or courageous:
      1. The central idea; the essence.
      2. The essence or main point, as of an article or argument
      3. (Law) The grounds for action in a suit.
      1. The inherent, unchanging nature of a thing or class of things.
      2. A substance that keeps, in concentrated form, the flavor, fragrance, or other properties of the plant, drug, food, etc. from which it is extracted; essential oil
      3. (Philos.) The inward nature of anything, underlying its manifestations; true substance
      1. A cylindrical sample of rock, ice, or other material obtained from the center of a mass by drilling or cutting.
      2. (Anatomy) The muscles in the trunk of the human body, including those of the abdomen and chest, that stabilize the spine, pelvis, and shoulders.
      3. (Elec.) A mass of magnetic material placed inside a wire coil, serving to channel and increase the strength of the magnetic field resulting from current in the coil
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