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Transcript
Abstract Nouns
We all communicate with abstraction at times. Though abstract nouns don’t convey things we can
experience with our senses – we can’t feel, touch, see, hear, or taste them – they allow us to
express important meaning, nonetheless.
Being able to recognize and use abstract nouns is important, especially in written
communication. While abstract nouns can convey deep emotion, the writer runs the risk of not
clearly expressing his or her meaning. Things get lost in translation so to speak. Since abstract
words are by definition abstract, they can mean different things to different people, so take care to
make sure your writing using concrete nouns for clarification.
What is an Abstract Noun?
Abstract nouns are the opposite of concrete nouns – nouns that refer to objects you can
experience with your five senses. Abstract nouns are intangible. They can identify concepts,
experiences, ideas, qualities, and feeling.
Examples of Abstract Nouns
In some cases, it’s a little difficult to recognize when a noun is abstract. Some nouns can function
as verbs and abstract nouns are no exception.
For example, see how the word “fear” is used in the following two sentences.
I fear the night. (In this sentence, fear shows action so it’s a verb.)
The night was shrouded in fear. (In this sentence, fear is an abstract noun because you can’t
physically touch, feel, hear, taste, smell, or see it.)
List of Abstract Nouns
Below is a list of common abstract nouns.
Love
Bravery
Pleasure
Anger
Misery
Liberty
Hate
Childhood
Freedom
Peace
Knowledge
Delight
Loyalty
Patriotism
Despair
Integrity
Friendship
Hope
Pride
Brilliance
Awe
Courage
Truth
Calm
Deceit
Charity
Joy
Honesty
Justice
Reality
Wisdom
Trust
Faith
Compassion
Kindness
Though the above list is by no means exhaustive, it should start you thinking about the power of
abstract words and how to use them in your writing. But hopefully you won’t think too abstractly!
adoration
artistry
belief
bravery
calm
charity
childhood
comfort
faith
feelings
friendship
happiness
hate
honesty
hope
idea
impression
infatuation
Law
liberty
love
loyalty
maturity
memory
principle
power
sleep
compassion
dexterity
ego
failure
g
Joy
K
N
omen
peace
pride
Q
redemption
romance
sadness
sensitivity
skill
talent
thrill
truth
U
V
Wit
X
Y
z
success
sympathy