Abstract Nouns List & Examples

Abstract noun is quality or more on something we can only think of, not what we can see or touch. 

OR

Name of anything which can neither be seen nor be touched but can be felt is called abstract noun.

For example,  beauty,  courage,  friendship, intelligence, truth etc. 

Sometimes we can also make abstract noun from adjective like child to childhood,  happy to happiness; and from verbs like: know to knowledge.

Here is a sample table of changes / formation of Abstract Nouns from Common nouns to Abstract Nouns, Verbs to Abstract Nouns, and Adjective to Abstract Nouns:

Abstract Nouns from Common Nouns

Common NounAbstract Noun
brotherbrotherhood
childchildhood
friendfriendship
kingkingship
leaderleadership
man manhood
membermembership
mothermotherhood
neighborneighborhood
scholarscholarship

Abstract Nouns from Verbs

VerbAbstract Noun
behavebehavior
diedeath
freefreedom
grow upgrowth
knowknowledge
laughlaughter
loseloss
marrymarriage
pleasepleasure
sellsale
speakspeech
thinkthought

Abstract Nouns from Adjectives

AdjectiveAbstract Noun
angryanger
beautifulbeauty
bravebravery
greatgreatness
happyhappiness
hungryhunger
kingkindness
longlength
newnewness
strongstrength
thirstythirst
uniqueuniqueness
weakweakness
widewidth
wisewisdom

Examples

Love, hatred, liberty, slavery, talent, wit, wisdom, friendship, ego, bravery, success etc.

  • He is wandering in fear here and there.
  • He fought with bravery for the sake of his country.
  • I wished that I could love someone too much.
  • The kid showed his singing talent during the show.
  • He was feeling weakness after recovery from illness.
  • Powerful writing is my strength.
  • The natural beauty of Switzerland attracts my heart.
  • Success loves the preparation.

Abstract nouns do not have plural form usually.

These are usually uncountable like courage, happiness, fear or love. However, certain abstract nouns may have plural form as they are countable like joke, failure etc.

abstract noun list
Abstract Noun List