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198 Examples of an Abstract Noun

 , November 06, 2019
An abstract noun is a word that describes an intangible thing that has no specific physical form such as an emotion, state, concept or generalization. This can be contrasted with a concrete noun that can be directly experienced with the senses of sight, touch, taste, hearing or smell. The following are common examples of abstract nouns.
Ability
Action
Administration
Adoration
Advantage
Adventure
Amazement
Anger
Annoyance
Anxiety
Appetite
Apprehension
Authority
Awareness
Awe
Beauty
Belief
Brand
Bravery
Brilliance
Brutality
Calm
Capitalism
Care
Certainty
Chaos
Charisma
Charity
Childhood
Civility
Clarity
Comfort
Communication
Compassion
Confidence
Confusion
Contentment
Control
Corruption
Courage
Creativity
Crime
Culture
Curiosity
Death
Deceit
Dedication
Defeat
Delay
Delight
Despair
Determination
Dexterity
Diligence
Direction
Disadvantage
Disappointment
Disbelief
Dishonesty
Disturbance
Dream
Duty
Economy
Education
Ego
Elegance
Emergency
Emotion
Employment
Envy
Eternity
Evil
Experience
Fact
Failure
Faith
Fascination
Fear
Fiction
Fragility
Freedom
Friendship
Future
Generation
Generosity
Glory
Goal
Goodness
Gossip
Governance
Growth
Happiness
History
Hope
Idea
Idealism
Infancy
Infatuation
Infinity
Inflation
Innovation
Insanity
Intelligence
Joy
Justice
Kindness
Knowledge
Laughter
Law
Liberty
Lie
Life
Literature
Loneliness
Loss
Love
Luck
Luxury
Management
Marriage
Mathematics
Maturity
Meaning
Mercy
Movement
Music
Nature
Need
Obedience
Openness
Opinion
Opportunity
Optimism
Pain
Patience
Peace
Perseverance
Pessimism
Physics
Pleasure
Poverty
Power
Pride
Principle
Problem
Process
Realism
Reality
Reason
Relaxation
Relief
Religion
Reputation
Restoration
Riches
Right
Rule
Rumor
Sacrifice
Sanity
Satisfaction
Science
Self-control
Sensitivity
Service
Shock
Skill
Sleep
Socialism
Society
Solution
Sorrow
Speed
Strategy
Strength
Strictness
Success
Surprise
Talent
Theory
Thrill
Timing
Tiredness
Tolerance
Trend
Trust
Truth
Uncertainty
Unemployment
Union
Value
Victory
Warmth
Weakness
Wealth
Wisdom
Wit
Worry

Physical Things

It is a common mistake to assume that abstract things are anything you can't touch. In fact, the other senses beyond touch can be used to determine if something has a physical form or if it is abstract. For example, you can hear music such that music can be a physical thing as in the following sentence.
The music was loud.
Music can also be an abstract concept if you are talking about music in general as opposed to music that you can hear at a point in time. For example:
Music is wonderful.

Ambiguous Nouns

Some nouns are both abstract and concrete depending on context. For example, nature can refer to specific things such as trees, animals and weather.
The nature in the park was beautiful.
Nature can also be an abstraction that describes the universe, world or characteristics of organisms. For example:
The colors of nature.

Notes

Many of the abstract nouns above can also be used as verbs, adverbs or adjectives.
Overview: Abstract Nouns
Type
Definition
A word that describes an intangible thing that has no specific physical form such as an emotion, state, concept or generalization.
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