50 Abstract Nouns from Adjectives

50 Abstract Nouns from Adjectives

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

Adjective Abstract Noun
Wide  Width
Humble  Humility
Sensitive  Sensitivity
Joyful  Joy
Poor  Poverty
Successful  Success
Honest  Honesty
Anxious  Anxiety
Imaginative  Imagination


Adjective Abstract Noun
Bitter  Bitterness
Generous  Generosity
Deceitful  Deceit
Courageous  Courage
Vain  Vanity
Deep  Depth
Humorous  Humor
Curious  Curiosity
Hot  Heat
Proud  Pride
Stupid  Stupidity
Responsible  Responsibility
Witty  Wit
Great  Greatness
Luxurious  Luxury


Adjective Abstract Noun
Broad  Breadth
Just  Justice
Intelligent  Intelligence
Painful  Pain
Strong  Strength
Chaotic  Chaos
Brave  Bravery
Lucky  Luck
Compassionate  Compassion
Sorrowful  Sorrow
Romantic  Romance
False  Falsehood
Young  Youth
Mature  Maturity
Short  Shortness
Tolerant  Tolerance
Angry  Anger
Sane  Sanity


Adjective Abstract Noun
True  Truth
High  Height
Warm  Warmth
Prudent  Prudence
Opinionated  Opinion
Wise  Wisdom
Evil  Evil
Sympathetic  Sympathy
Long  Length
Loyal  Loyalty
Sole  Solitude
Jealous  Jealousy
Peculiar  Peculiarity
Beautiful  Beauty
Dark  Darkness


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