- The process of considering or treating something as an idea or concept separate from an concrete instance.
- The quality of being aloof or removed.
- An idea or concept not associated with any particular instance or object.
- A work of art that is stylized and not representational.
Late middle english (in the sense "the act of separating, drawing away"): via old french from latin abstractio(n-), from abstract- "drawn away", from the verb abstrahere.
- The abstraction of mathematical concepts can be difficult for many students.
- The composer's work is characterized by a sense of abstraction that is both intellectual and emotional.
- Her abstraction from the world allowed her to focus on her own thoughts and feelings.
- The painting was praised for its pure abstraction, unencumbered by any recognizable subject.
- The abstraction of love as a feeling separate from other emotions is central to much romantic literature.