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abstract noun

Syllabification: ab·stract noun

Definition of abstract noun in English:

noun

A noun denoting an idea, quality, or state rather than a concrete object: the website contains considerably more abstract nouns than hard facts
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  • Abstract nouns are all liable to be hijacked and twisted, by people of all political ideas.
  • It's only because I did Latin and Greek that I know what an abstract noun is; no-one else in school was going to tell me.
  • This mannered floridity of diction, accompanied by the persistent capitalization of abstract nouns, was to become a distinguishing and disfiguring feature of Bulwer's prose.

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