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abstraction

[ ab-strak-shuh n ]SEE DEFINITION OF abstraction

Synonyms for abstraction

  • absorption
  • aloofness
  • brooding
  • cogitation
  • consideration
  • contemplation
  • daydreaming
  • detachment
  • engrossment
  • entrancement
  • musing
  • pensiveness
  • preoccupation
  • reflection
  • remoteness
  • reverie
  • thinking
  • trance
  • pondering
  • reflecting
  • ruminating
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Antonyms for abstraction

  • disdain
  • disregard
  • ignorance
  • neglect
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR ABSTRACTION

When Lester returned, he saw her standing by his desk, lost in an abstraction of grief.

The latter was a curious example of what I have described as abstraction of color.

And the great aim of education is the cultivation of the habit of abstraction.

This abstraction is the far-off heaven on which the eye of the mind is fixed in fond amazement.

Another says, 'No, not fire in the abstract, but the abstraction of heat in the fire.'

He sighed and lapsed into one of his long fits of abstraction.

"But I shall not excuse you, Caron," she said, refusing to see his abstraction.

The purely human reality is capable of lyrism but not of abstraction.

He was less gay, less confident of manner, and he often fell into fits of abstraction.

The mechanical voice, the words themselves, his air of abstraction appalled her.

WORD 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.

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