- the abstract qualities or characteristics of a work of art.
- a work of art, especially a nonrepresentational one, stressing formal relationships.
Origin of abstraction
Examples from the Web for abstraction
It frustrated her to hear other students discussing death as an abstraction, subject to simple moral rules.The Nurse Coaching People Through Death by Starvation|Nick Tabor|November 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It is this kind of abstraction that leads to more mythology, more heroic narratives, more undertones of patriotic martyrdom.War Is About More Than Heroes, Martyrs, and Patriots|Nathan Bradley Bethea|November 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In the many portraits, Picasso oscillates between naturalism and abstraction in his portraits of Jacqueline.
Democrats have to stop allowing Republicans to define the election as an up or down vote on an abstraction called Obamacare.
Only someone already painfully unable to deal with abstraction would draw such a suicidal conclusion.Richard Hofstadter and America’s New Wave of Anti-Intellectualism|David Masciotra|March 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
How much has been written on abstraction, generalization, and universals!Fundamental Philosophy, Vol. I (of 2)|Jaime Luciano Balmes
Was it—could it be—some strange influence of the mind caused by constantly dwelling upon the abstraction of the poor-box money?A Little World|George Manville Fenn
She saw that he seemed preoccupied, 233 and sought to draw him out of his abstraction.Whispering Smith|Frank H. Spearman
This abstraction of vital power is frequently observed in young females married to very old men.Curiosities of Medical Experience|J. G. (John Gideon) Millingen
Our companions were soon roused from their abstraction by the very unpleasant circumstances, and we hastily took counsel together.Autumn Leaves|Various
British Dictionary definitions for abstraction
Word Origin and History for 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.