One of the challenges of learning English is understanding and using abstract nouns. These are words that describe concepts or ideas rather than concrete objects. While some abstract nouns can be directly translated into other languages, others must be learned in their English form.
To help you expand your vocabulary, we’ve compiled a list of 50 common abstract nouns derived from adjectives. For each word, we’ve included a definition and an example sentence to illustrate its usage. With practice, you’ll be able to use these words confidently in your speaking and writing. So let’s get started!
What is an abstract noun?
An abstract noun is a type of noun that refers to ideas, concepts, emotions, or other intangible things. Abstract nouns are often created by adding a suffix to an adjective, as in the examples below.
While some abstract nouns can be directly translated into other languages, others must be learned in their English form.
Abstract Nouns from Adjectives and Example Sentences
1. Ability: the quality or state of being able to do something
I’m not sure if he has the ability to speak French fluently.
2. Anger: a strong feeling of displeasure or hostility
His anger was so intense that I thought he was going to hit me.
3. Beauty: the quality of being pleasing to look at
Despite her being 70 years old, she still has a lot of beauty about her.
4. Bravery: the quality of being courageous in the face of danger
He showed great bravery in going into battle against such overwhelming odds.
5. Calm: the absence of noise or disturbance
After the storm had passed, there was a wonderful sense of calm all around.
6. Darkness: the state or quality of being dark or lacking light
The darkness was so thick that I couldn’t see my hand in front of my face.
7. Despair: a feeling of hopelessness and sadness
When I found out I’d failed the exam, I was filled with despair.
8. Doubt: a feeling of uncertainty about something
I had a lot of doubt about whether or not I should go through with the surgery.
9. Education: the process or act of teaching someone something
He credited his success to his education, which was something his parents had insisted on.
10. Fear: an emotion caused by perceiving danger or threat
The fear was so great that I was shaking all over.
11. Friendship: the state of being friends with someone
I’ve been friends with her for years and I’ll never forget the good times we’ve had.
12. Fun: enjoyable activities or experiences
We had so much fun at the carnival that we didn’t want to leave.
List of 50 Abstract Nouns from Adjectives
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