List of Abstract Nouns

by Craig Shrives

250 Abstract Nouns

Here is a list of over 250 abstract nouns. The list is sortable, editable, and printable. It can be displayed as normal text or in columns (up to 4).

Just for fun, we've added game of hangman, which selects an abstract noun from this list as the secret word.

Table of Contents

  • A Reminder about Abstract Nouns
  • Sortable, Editable, and Printable List
  • Learn with Hangman!

A Reminder about Abstract Nouns

Abstract nouns are words that refer to ideas, concepts, feelings, or qualities that cannot be touched or seen physically. Unlike concrete nouns, which represent objects or things that are tangible and visible, abstract nouns represent intangible qualities such as love, beauty, justice, or freedom.
list of abstract nouns
Learn more about abstract nouns.

Sortable, Editable, and Printable List

ability, adoration, adventure, amazement, anger, anxiety, apprehension, artistry, awe, beauty, belief, bravery, brilliance, brutality, calmness, chaos, charity, childhood, clarity, coldness, comfort, communication, compassion, confidence, consideration, contentment, courage, crime, culture, curiosity, death, deceit, dedication, defeat, delight, democracy, despair, determination, dexterity, dictatorship, disappointment, disbelief, disquiet, disturbance, dreams, ego, elegance, energy, enhancement, enthusiasm, envy, evil, excitement, failure, faith, faithfulness, faithlessness, fascination, favoritism/favouritism, fear, forgiveness, fragility, frailty, freedom, friendship, generosity, goodness, gossip, grace, graciousness, grief, happiness, hate, hatred, hearsay, helpfulness, helplessness, homelessness, honesty, honor/honour, hope, humility, humor/humour, hurt, idea, idiosyncrasy, imagination, impression, improvement, infatuation, inflation, information, insanity, integrity, intelligence, jealousy, joy, justice, kindness, knowledge, laughter, law, liberty, life, loss, love, loyalty, luck, luxury, maturity, memory, mercy, misery, motivation, movement, need, omen, opinion, opportunism, opportunity, pain, parenthood, patience, patriotism, peace, peculiarity, perseverance, pleasure, poverty, power, pride, principle, reality, redemption, refreshment, relaxation, relief, romance, rumor/rumour, sacrifice, sadness, sanity, satisfaction, self-control, sensitivity, service, shock, silliness, skill, slavery, sleep, sophistication, sorrow, sparkle, speculation, speed, strength, strictness, stupidity, submission, success, surprise, sympathy, talent, thought, thrill, tiredness, tolerance, trust, truth, uncertainty, unemployment, unreality, victory, wariness, warmth, weakness, wealth, weariness, wisdom, wit, worry

Learn with Hangman!

Hangman is a classic word game. In this version, the hidden word is always an abstract noun from this list. (Choose your first letter to start.)
  • Guess the hidden word by choosing one letter at a time.
  • If you guess a letter in the hidden word, then all is good.
  • If you guess a letter that is not in the hidden word, then the hangman starts to build the gallows.
  • If the gallows are completed, you lose.
  • Good luck!

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