Synonyms for abstraction

Grammar : Noun
Spell : ab-strak-shuh n
Phonetic Transcription : æbˈstræk ʃən

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Définition of abstraction

Origin :
  • c.1400, "withdrawal from worldly affairs, asceticism," from Old French abstraction (14c.), from Latin abstractionem (nominative abstractio), noun of action from past participle stem of abstrahere (see abstract (adj.)). Meaning "idea of something that has no actual existence" is from 1640s.
  • noun state of being lost in thought
Example sentences :
  • When Lester returned, he saw her standing by his desk, lost in an abstraction of grief.
  • Extract from : « The Coryston Family » by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • The latter was a curious example of what I have described as abstraction of color.
  • Extract from : « Modern Painters Volume II (of V) » by John Ruskin
  • And the great aim of education is the cultivation of the habit of abstraction.
  • Extract from : « The Republic » by Plato
  • This abstraction is the far-off heaven on which the eye of the mind is fixed in fond amazement.
  • Extract from : « Symposium » by Plato
  • Another says, 'No, not fire in the abstract, but the abstraction of heat in the fire.'
  • Extract from : « Cratylus » by Plato
  • He sighed and lapsed into one of his long fits of abstraction.
  • Extract from : « Shavings » by Joseph C. Lincoln
  • "But I shall not excuse you, Caron," she said, refusing to see his abstraction.
  • Extract from : « The Trampling of the Lilies » by Rafael Sabatini
  • The purely human reality is capable of lyrism but not of abstraction.
  • Extract from : « Chance » by Joseph Conrad
  • He was less gay, less confident of manner, and he often fell into fits of abstraction.
  • Extract from : « They of the High Trails » by Hamlin Garland
  • The mechanical voice, the words themselves, his air of abstraction appalled her.
  • Extract from : « The Rescue » by Joseph Conrad

Antonyms for abstraction

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