Abstract Words: Definition & Examples


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Words that refer to things that we can see, touch, and smell are called what?

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1. What do we call words that refer to ideas, beliefs, and other intangible things?

2. Which of the following is an abstract word?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Access this quiz and worksheet to go over examples of abstract words and review why they might be confusing. You will need to be able to recognize specific types of words in order to do well on the quiz.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

For the quiz, you will be expected to:

  • Know the term used to describe words for things that we can see, touch and smell
  • Recognize the term used to describe words for intangible thoughts and ideas
  • Identify examples of abstract and concrete words
  • Explain the reason for being careful when choosing abstract words in writing or when speaking

Skills Practiced

You will call upon these skills when reviewing this quiz and worksheet combo:

  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding the use of abstract words and interpret it correctly
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define the different types of words as discussed in the lesson
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about examples of abstract words

Additional Learning

Want to learn more about these types of words? Review the lesson titled Abstract Words: Definition & Examples, which will address:

  • The two different types of words
  • Examples of abstract words
  • Ways in which abstract words can be confusing
  • The use of abstract words in writing and speech