In a society that has exoticized and abstracted the military, MacLeish re-humanizes it.
The marriage was not there, neither was there any sign of its having been abstracted.
"Good," he said, laconically, and relapsed into his abstracted mood.
One look at the beautiful face of his love sufficed; she was dreamy, abstracted; she seemed hardly to notice his entrance.
Naturally, he might in an abstracted moment have so laid it down.
There was in her eyes, however, an unquiet sadness; she had abstracted moments when her mind seemed fixed on some vexing problem.
Adèle is still seated where we left her, silent and abstracted.
Whether the individual can ever be abstracted from his conditions and remain himself is not a question that we need here discuss.
In truth the object and sensation are the same thing and cannot be abstracted from each other.
He was silent, abstracted, his eye was full of inquietude, and wandered with perpetual restlessness.
late 14c., originally in grammar (of nouns), from Latin abstractus "drawn away," past participle of abstrahere "to drag away; detach divert," from ab(s)- "away" (see ab-) + trahere "draw" (see tract (n.1)).
Meaning "withdrawn or separated from material objects or practical matters" is from mid-15c. That of "difficult to understand, abstruse" is from c.1400. Specifically in reference to modern art, it dates from 1914; abstract expressionism as an American-based uninhibited approach to art exemplified by Jackson Pollack is from 1952, but the term itself had been used in the 1920s of Kandinsky and others.
Oswald Herzog, in an article on "Der Abstrakte Expressionismus" (Sturm, heft 50, 1919) gives us a statement which with equal felicity may be applied to the artistic attitude of the Dadaists. "Abstract Expressionism is perfect Expressionism," he writes. "It is pure creation. It casts spiritual processes into a corporeal mould. It does not borrow objects from the real world; it creates its own objects .... The abstract reveals the will of the artist; it becomes expression. ..." [William A. Drake, "The Life and Deeds of Dada," 1922]
"abridgement or summary of a document," mid-15c., from abstract (adj.). The general sense of "a smaller quantity containing the virtue or power of a greater" [Johnson] is recorded from 1560s.
1540s, from Latin abstractus or else from the adjective abstract. Related: Abstracted; abstracting, abstractedly.
abstract ab·stract (āb-strākt', āb'strākt')
Considered apart from concrete existence.
Not applied or practical; theoretical.