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What Does Connotation Mean? (with Examples)

Connotation is the extra meaning carried by a word. Whereas denotation is the literal meaning of a word, connotation is a further understanding of the word's denotation.

Examples of Connotations

Look at these sentences: These all share a similar denotation (i.e., they denote an adult female), but their connotations (further understandings) are very different. connotation meaning

Positive and Negative Connotations

A word can have a positive or a negative connotation. For example:

The denotations of the words difficult and challenging are similar. However, their connotations are different. Similarly, the denotations of the words nitpicking and meticulous are similar. However, their connotations are different.

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What is denotation? What does literal meaning mean? What is figurative language? What are metaphors? What are metonyms? What are similes? What are idioms? Glossary of grammatical terms