Anonymous asked in Education & ReferenceWords & Wordplay · 1 decade ago

What is Connotation???

Argh...i have read every definition and seen every examples....i still dont get it!!!

can somebody provide more examples of connotation for me please??

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Connotation is the tone or emotional association that a word has. It can be negative or positive, but is usually something seen by the population in general.

    For example, "slim" and "scrawny" both mean that a person is thin. "Slim," though, has a positive connotation -- it makes you think of an attractive person, while "scrawny" has a negative connotation -- it makes you think of a malnourished or impoverished person.

    There are also words that have neutral connotations. "Child" has a relatively neutral connotation, while "little one" has a positive connotation and "brat" is negative.

    When trying to recognize the connotation of a word, go with your gut. You can usually tell just by reading it if the word is associated with positive or negative emotions, or with no emotions.

    Cat -- neutral

    Laugh -- positive

    Glare -- negative

    Book -- neutral

    Shirt -- neutral

    Smile -- positive

    Nourishment -- positive

    Stalker -- negative

    Fan -- positive

    Dream -- positive

    Nightmare -- negative

    Torrent -- negative

    There are many more where that came from. :)

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  • 3 years ago

    Define Connotation

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Connotations are related to the nuances of words, providing certain emotional/imaginative implications or associations (e.g. emotive). Euphemisms can often be considered a way around negative connotations (e.g. we say that someone 'passed away' rather than died). For example, referring to someone as a 'gentleman' or 'lady' has connotations of civility; the terms 'man' or 'woman' have much more neutral meanings. One common phrase which makes use connotations is, 'A house is not a home.' While the denoted meaning of house and home within a dictionary can often be the same, the word 'home' carries with it connotations of comfort, security, belonging, etc... When you think of connotations, think of the associated images that come into your mind when a certain word pops up (compare the term 'civilian deaths' with 'civilian casualties'; which one evokes stronger emotions?) You may also want to check out terms such as 'political correctness' to get further examples of how and why connotations are used.

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  • 1 decade ago


    1. implied additional meaning: an additional sense or senses associated with or suggested by a word or phrase. Connotations are sometimes, but not always, fixed, and are often subjective.

    Patriotism can have some negative connotations for people.

    2. suggesting of additional meaning for word: the implying or suggesting of an additional meaning for a word or phrase apart from the literal or main meaning

    3. defining characteristic: in logic, the characteristic or set of characteristics that makes up the meaning of a term and thus defines the objects to which a term can be applied

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  • 3 years ago

    What Is Connotation

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