Abstract nouns are sometimes referred to as special nouns. Abstract nouns are words for things that can't be experienced by any of the five senses; they can't be seen, heard, smelled, tasted, or touched. Abstract nouns are things that are known, learned, understood, believed, or felt emotionally. Example sentences (special nouns in bold): Spring was in the air. I had a feeling that it wasn't a good deal. Your happiness and satisfaction are our goals. The strength of his determination were defeated by temptation. My fear has more power than my desire. His favorite is peach pie. She has a passion for swimming. Give me liberty or give me death. There's no guarantee that you'll get justice in court, only a decision. What is this nonsense that you call your homework!