Abstract nouns (a list) v. concrete nouns

Abstract nouns are those which have varying definitions and cannot be identified using the five senses (sight, hearing, smell, taste, touch). Some examples are:

duty
honor
country

love
friendship
luxury
freedom

peace
bravery
hero

faith
hope
love
charity
redemption

victim
power

success
failure

joy
happiness
honesty
loyalty

humor
pain 

health

health care

comfort
home

generosity

education
knowledge
wisdom
truth

art
beauty

memory
victory
survivor
control

attractive

romance

Concrete nouns are those which you can experience with your senses or that have very carefully defined meanings. I used to say that concrete nouns were something you can hold in your hand, but the moon is concrete, you can point to it, but you can’t hold it. Some examples are:

chair

pickle

hummingbird

casserole

house

frog

wind

alliteration

haiku

novel

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3 Responses to Abstract nouns (a list) v. concrete nouns

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  2. neeta says:

    Is USAGE an abstract noun?

  3. Brooke says:

    i believe romance is not a abstract noun it is love which is a abstract noun

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