- abstract noun,
- abstract number,
- abstract of title,
- abstract space,
- abstract thinking,
- abstracting journal,
- abstracting service,
Origin of abstracted
- of or relating to the formal aspect of art, emphasizing lines, colors, generalized or geometrical forms, etc., especially with reference to their relationship to one another.
- (often initial capital letter)pertaining to the nonrepresentational art styles of the 20th century.
verb (used with object)
Origin of abstract
Examples from the Web for abstracted
In a society that has exoticized and abstracted the military, MacLeish re-humanizes it.The Army Life, Mundane and Hideously Violent, by Turns|Brian Van Reet|August 29, 2013|DAILY BEAST
“I little like that smoke which you may see worming up along the rock above the canoe,” interrupted the abstracted scout.Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 7|Charles H. Sylvester
I glanced around: no one noticed me; and in a moment I abstracted the inviting object.The Mysteries of London, v. 1/4|George W. M. Reynolds
As well might one expect the pickpocket who had abstracted a dollar, to put back two-and-sixpence change.The Redskins; or, Indian and Injin, Volume 1.|James Fenimore Cooper
verb (æbˈstrækt) (tr)
Word Origin for abstract
"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.
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Meaning "withdrawn or separated from material objects or practical matters" is from mid-15c.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]