[ ab-strak-shuh-niz-uh m ]
/ æbˈstræk ʃəˌnɪz əm /

noun Fine Arts.

the practice and theory of abstract art.

Origin of abstractionism

1905–10, for an earlier sense; abstraction + -ism
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Examples from the Web for abstractionism

  • It is precisely this sort of abstractionism which has vitiated so much of value theory.

    The Value of Money|Benjamin M. Anderson, Jr.
  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for abstractionism

/ (æbˈstrækʃəˌnɪzəm) /


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

Derived forms of abstractionism

abstractionist, noun
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