The problem with abstraction is how very easily it turns into a set of easy, decorative tropes.
Only someone already painfully unable to deal with abstraction would draw such a suicidal conclusion.
Other pieces in the exhibition take on Richter as the god of abstraction.
Truitt came late to abstraction, by way of pictures of picket fences.
Maybe most importantly, Chuck knows that war is not an abstraction.
And the great aim of education is the cultivation of the habit of abstraction.
There was an abstraction on his left where Gertrude sat that was less comfortable.
Another change, among those slight differences that she fancied she observed in him, was his abstraction when reading.
“Travellers like any others, I suppose,” rejoined the Spaniard, with an air of abstraction.
Regarded as matter, it is a mass; regarded as a force, it is an abstraction.
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.
abstraction ab·strac·tion (āb-strāk'shən, əb-)
Distillation or separation of the volatile constituents of a substance.
Exclusive mental concentration; absent-mindedness.
A malocclusion in which the teeth or associated structures are lower than their normal occlusal plane.
The selection of a certain aspect of a concept from the whole.
1. Generalisation; ignoring or hiding details to capture some kind of commonality between different instances. Examples are abstract data types (the representation details are hidden), abstract syntax (the details of the concrete syntax are ignored), abstract interpretation (details are ignored to analyse specific properties).
Opposite of concretisation.