What Are Abstract Nouns? (with Examples)An abstract noun is a word which names something that you cannot see, hear, touch, smell, or taste.
It is the opposite of a concrete noun.
We would agree that laugher is a concrete noun, but what about work and result? It is possible to make cases for these being concrete nouns too, but many would consider them to be abstract. Be aware that the distinction between abstract noun and concrete noun is sometimes blurry.
The following example might only have abstract nouns in it. However, we could not bring ourselves to call result and work abstract nouns.
- Success is the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty, and persistence. (Colin Powell)
More Examples of Abstract NounsThe following are all abstract nouns:
Anger, Anxiety, Beauty, Beliefs, Bravery, Brilliance, Chaos, Charity, Childhood, Comfort, Communication, Compassion, Courage, Culture, Curiosity, Deceit, Dedication, Democracy, Determination, Energy, Failure, Faith, Fear, Freedom, Friendship, Generosity, Gossip, Happiness, Hate, Honesty, Hope, Imagination, Information, Integrity, Intelligence, Joy, Justice, Justice, Kindness, Knowledge, Liberty, Life, Love, Loyalty, Luxury, Misery, Motivation, Opportunity, Pain, Patience, Peace, Perseverance, Pleasure, Pride, Relaxation, Sacrifice, Satisfaction, Skill, Strength, Success, Sympathy, Talent, Thought, Trust, Truth, Warmth, and Wisdom