The soaring sublimity of the Moslem monotheism comes partly from its narrowness and abstractness.
And there may be varying degrees of abstractness in both cases.
But from the human point of view, no one can pretend that it doesn't suffer from the faults of remoteness and abstractness.
In other words, use eco only when you wish to accentuate the abstractness, the "nessness" of the idea.
For this problem of the categories, in all its abstractness, is still a common problem for all of us.
On such a view thought certainly loses its abstractness and remoteness.
He will think it a less fault than the tameness and abstractness, which are the besetting sins of deliberate composition.
The circumstance that makes the appreciation of cost often unaesthetic is the abstractness of that quality.
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Meaning "withdrawn or separated from material objects or practical matters" is from mid-15c.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.