Abstract Noun Examples and Definition & Proper Usage

Here are some abstract noun examples and how to use them properly in a sentence.

ABSTRACT NOUN – This is the definition of abstract nouns and tips on how to correctly use them in a sentence.

A noun is a word that refers to a person, place, thing, or idea and we basically learned this in school. It is a pretty simple and easy-to-remember concept. And a noun has various types: common nouns, proper nouns, abstract nouns, collective nouns, concrete nouns, and so on.

Abstract Noun

And in this article, we will be discussing one of its types which is the abstract noun.

An abstract noun refers to intangible things and ideas aspect, concept, idea, experience, state of being, trait, quality, feeling, or among others that the five senses cannot detect or experience. Things like love and time are of this type because you can’t touch them.

Emotions are also an abstract type of noun. We “feel” happiness, sadness, anger, surprise, disgust, joy, fear, anxiety, hope, and others but they function as thoughts in the mind or activity in the brain. You can not touch happiness nor eat it. Emotions are immaterial, they are not tangible.

Concepts like government, dedication, cruelty, justice, Christianity, Islam, and Cubism also fall under this type of noun. The with other ideas like the following:

  • religion
  • science
  • experimentation
  • research
  • magnetism
  • creativity
  • invisibility
  • kindness
  • greed
  • laziness
  • effort
  • speed
  • concentration
  • confusion
  • dizziness
  • time
  • situation
  • existence
  • death
  • anarchy
  • law
  • democracy
  • relief
  • opportunity
  • technology
  • discovery
  • hopelessness
  • defeat
  • friendship
  • patience
  • decay
  • holiness
  • youth
  • childhood
  • Stoicism
  • Marxism

Identifying a noun as an abstract is quite a complex process. Just like the word “love” – it can function both as a verb and an abstract type depending on how it is used in a sentence.

Example 1:

  • I love my mother.

Example 2:

  • Send him my love.

In Example 1, “love” functions as an action word while in Example 2, “love” became a noun, an intangible noun.

To make things less complicated, just remember that the abstract type are things that cannot be seen, heard, tasted, smelled, or touched. 


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