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abstract
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A Tale of Two Cities
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as in: abstract thought Define
of a concept or idea not associated with any specific instance or more rarely: describing someone as distracted -- thinking about something outside of the immediate conversation or circumstances
  • He looked at the two, less and less attentively, and his eyes in gloomy abstraction sought the ground and looked about him in the old way.
  • Yet, no one could have looked at him twice, without looking again: even though the opportunity of observation had not extended to the mournful cadence of his low grave voice, and to the abstraction that overclouded him fitfully, without any apparent reason.

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  • He looked abstractedly from one to another, and said, in a lower voice, after a pause: "Will you answer his question to me then?
  • "In a word," said Madame Defarge, coming out of her short abstraction, "I cannot trust my husband in this matter.

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  • We all agree that we want what’s "best for the country", but that is an abstract concept and we cannot agree on which specific laws should be passed.
  • She struggles with abstract reasoning.

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as in: abstract thought Define
of a concept or idea not associated with any specific instance or more rarely: describing someone as distracted -- thinking about something outside of the immediate conversation or circumstances
as in: read the abstract Define
a summary; or to summarize -- especially academic writing
as in: abstract art Define
not representing or imitating external reality or the objects of nature
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