abstractness abstractness


  • (n) the quality of being considered apart from a specific instance or object


  1. For Bergman, the cost of replacing the traditional Victorian furnishings with a more symbolic setting is a tendency toward abstractness.
  2. Hence its abstractness, its relative unpopularity and the challenging effect it has had on younger artists.
  3. Not Exactly a Horse was an assembly of triangles and rectangles which, for all its abstractness, managed to look remarkably like a horse.


  1. "Music can retain an abstractness. . . . Movies don't," Coyne says. "You have to stand somewhere, the camera has to be somewhere, the lights have to be somewhere - there are some really specific things about it, and it's just hell. You find...
    on Oct 11, 2008 By: Wayne Coyne Source: Fort Worth Star Telegram

  2. True, as Timothy Gregory writes in A History of Byzantium, by the twelfth century there was a new individuality in Byzantine arts: "The mosaics and frescoes of the period abandon the abstractness of earlier art and the figures are depicted more in a...
    on Feb 11, 2008 By: St Timothy Source: Global Politician

  3. "If there are certain problems that arise from the abstractness of article 301 of the penal code, we are open to suggestions to make the article more concrete," Erdogan told reporters at the start of the meeting.
    on Nov 5, 2006 By: Recep Tayyip Erdogan Source: International Herald Tribune

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