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abstract
used in Tess of the d'Urbervilles

8 uses
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1  —3 uses as in:
abstract thought
Definition
of a concept or idea not associated with any specific instance
  • Abraham talked on, rather for the pleasure of utterance than for audition, so that his sister's abstraction was of no account.
    1 — The Maiden (35% in)
  • For several days after Tess's arrival Clare, sitting abstractedly reading from some book, periodical, or piece of music just come by post, hardly noticed that she was present at table.
    3 — The Rally (37% in)
  • The dairyman, who had thrown himself into abstraction to better realize the taste, and so divine the particular species of noxious weed to which it appertained, suddenly exclaimed— " 'tis garlic! and I thought there wasn't a blade left in that mead!"
    3 — The Rally (74% in)

There are no more uses of "abstract" flagged with this meaning in Tess of the d'Urbervilles.

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  • The differences which distinguished them as individuals were abstracted by this passion, and each was but portion of one organism called sex.
    3 — The Rally (90% in)
  • Having at last taken her course Tess was less restless and abstracted, going about her business with some self-assurance in the thought of acquiring another horse for her father by an occupation which would not be onerous.
    1 — The Maiden (59% in)
  • The kindly dimness of the weak candle abstracted from her form and features the little blemishes which sunlight might have revealed—the stubble scratches upon her wrists, and the weariness of her eyes—her high enthusiasm having a transfiguring effect upon the face which had been her undoing, showing it as a thing of immaculate beauty, with a touch of dignity which was almost regal.
    2 — Maiden No More (77% in)
  • XVIII Angel Clare rises out of the past not altogether as a distinct figure, but as an appreciative voice, a long regard of fixed, abstracted eyes, and a mobility of mouth somewhat too small and delicately lined for a man's, though with an unexpectedly firm close of the lower lip now and then; enough to do away with any inference of indecision.
    3 — The Rally (26% in)
  • There was the same handsome unpleasantness of mien, but now he wore neatly trimmed, old-fashioned whiskers, the sable moustache having disappeared; and his dress was half-clerical, a modification which had changed his expression sufficiently to abstract the dandyism from his features, and to hinder for a second her belief in his identity.
    6 — The Convert (1% in)

There are no more uses of "abstract" in Tess of the d'Urbervilles.

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