Abstract language


vocabulary that signifies a concept, quality, or abstract idea

Examples of abstract language include love, success, freedom, good.
Historical Examples

Not by a surgical operation; much less by the use of a foreign language or—what is quite the same thing—of abstract language.
Picture-Work Walter L. (Walter Lowrie) Hervey

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