Abstract nouns

Abstract nouns are nouns which our senses cannot detect, i.e. they are things which we cannot see, touch, smell, hear or taste.

Abstract nouns are very often emotions or characteristics.

Here are some examples:

  • Learning a foreign language requires a lot of patience and dedication.
    Patience and dedication are both abstract nouns. They are things you need inside of you if you want to learn a language.
  • Shyness is something many teenagers suffer from. 
    Shyness is an abstract noun. It’s a characteristic or feeling.
  • After the Battle of Britain, many of the pilots received medals for their bravery.
    Bravery
    is abstract. It is something that we cannot touch, hear or see. We can only see the results of when someone is brave.

10 abstract nouns

  • pleasure
    She gets a lot of pleasure from cooking for family and friends.
  • justice
    Many feel that justice was done when the cruel dictator was hanged.
  • honesty
    Openness and honesty are essential ingredients of a long and happy marriage.
  • generosity
    Thanks to the generosity of a local business man, the school will get ten new computers.
  • kindness
    We were always amazed by the kindness of strangers as we travelled the world.
  • anger
    There was anger over the news that the victim’s family would not receive any compensation.
  • courage
    Sometimes it takes a lot of courage to admit you were wrong.
  • knowledge
    Knowledge of local history is essential for the job at the museum.
  • disappointment
    There was an air of disappointment after the team lost the match.
  • childhood
    Nick spent most of his childhood in India.

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