[ ab-strak-shuh-niz-uhm ]

nounFine Arts.
  1. the practice and theory of abstract art.

Origin of abstractionism

1905–10, for an earlier sense; abstraction + -ism

Words Nearby abstractionism

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How to use abstractionism in a sentence

  • abstractionism of the worst sort dogs Mr. Russell in his own trials to tell positively what the word 'truth' means.

    The Meaning of Truth | William James
  • It almost reconciles one to being no logician that one thereby escapes so much abstractionism.

    The Meaning of Truth | William James
  • Pragmatism saves us at any rate from such diseased abstractionism as those pages show.

    The Meaning of Truth | William James
  • A thing after your own heart, but ruined in my eyes by the same kind of vicious abstractionism which your thesis shows.

  • It is one of the conspicuous traits of highbrowism, the essence of false abstractionism.

British Dictionary definitions for abstractionism


/ (æbˈstrækʃəˌnɪzəm) /

  1. the theory and practice of the abstract, esp of abstract art

Derived forms of abstractionism

  • abstractionist, noun

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