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Connotation Definition

what you must know in order to determine the reference of an expression
an idea that is implied or suggested

Sentence Examples

The word "genius" has several connotations, depending on how one defines a genius.

Almost everyone has heard of the bull snake, but its name is a poor one, for it has the wrong connotation.

It carries no connotation of honesty, veracity, equity, liberality, or unselfishness.

A single word with the wrong connotation may seriously affect the tone of a paragraph.

The word "slavery" had very different connotations in the ancient world and today.

Words have the power of connotation in two ways: They may mean more than they say or they may produce emotional effect not only from meaning but also from sound.

The English without, is to-day used to mean "not with"; that "with" had the connotation of deprivation as well as that of apportioning, is apparent from the compounds: withdraw, withhold.

It is evident that in some of the warmer parts of the United States, California, for instance, the word "hardiness" takes on a certain connotation that we should understand better in the north.

The feelings and ideas thus associated with words constitute their emotional and intellectual connotation, as distinct from their logical meaning, or denotation.

In common usage, the term "knowledge" tends to be employed eulogistically; its meaning approaches the connotation of the term "science."

Words have two powers: the power to name what they mean, or denotation; and the power to suggest what they imply, or connotation.

Life in such climes is built on connotations rather than pure innuendoes of purpose.

"The connotation of the term splurge is unpleasant."

The word with him has a human, not a physical connotation.

It had a connotation somewhere between servant and companion.

It requires that words have especially the power of connotation.

Originally negative, it soon acquired a rich positive connotation.

So we have nut trees that give us this connotation of domesticity.

I shook off the foreboding as a connotation of my physical condition.

The term ‘subject’ receives a correspondingly un-Critical connotation.

To Thai's the word "serious" had a negative connotation and he was that.

Why seek to revive and rehabilitate a word of such a dismal connotation?

Aside from its connection with errors our work has no specific connotation.

The terms are all widely used, but their connotation is vague and uncertain.

By the mid to late 1970s, the term "hacker" had acquired elite connotations.

The ear brings up the most subtle of all life's associations and connotations.

It also has a rich intellectual connotation since it calls up many associated images.

"Distinction" and "separation," it should be remembered, have different connotations.

Even in the Critique itself it is employed in a great variety of diverse connotations.

For the description of feelings, words with a rich emotional connotation are important.

I have no objection to accepting the phrase, for in my mind it has no such connotation.

Such a word is said to have a rich emotional connotation because it arouses strong feeling.

Yet we do not and cannot see all the connotations which the word has in the speaker's mind.

It was an old name of honorable connotations, one with which he had been familiar all his life.

The word has suddenly come into wide-spread use and it is being given the connotation of socialism.

A concept must, in its connotation, be an abstracted attribute, and in its denotation represent a class.

Old times used this phrase unscientifically; "understanding women" has acquired misleading connotations.

The word "firmament" has its own well established connotation gathered from a careful study of all its uses.

To hover has other connotations, while to soar is properly to fly upward, and not to hang poised upon the air.

It should be remembered that we are concerned with the connotation properly to be given to a word in common use.

The truth is that language, careless of the more fundamental distinctions, confuses widely different connotations.

"The terms used to characterize literary productions and literary processes often have not their modern connotation."

We are more certain of their denotation than of their connotation; and though they may be explained, they cannot be defined.

As already indicated, the term knowledge has, in the Critical philosophy, a much narrower connotation than in current speech.

This term one may accept as technically correct without necessarily accepting the sinister connotation imputed to it by labor.

We have here a word of which the early connotation has been rather obscured by poetical insistence upon one of its extensions.

"Take your time, and figure carefully all the angles and connotations inherent in it, for it will not be an easy decision to make."

Comly and he had promptly raised his hat, only to be met with a reluctant nod and a look of displeasure with connotations of alarm.

We trust too much to the label, nowadays, and the brief descriptions we attach to ourselves have a gradually increasing connotation.

Consciously, he receives a meaning from the denotation of the words; subconsciously, he receives a suggestion from their connotation.

What connotation, then, are we to give to the word "ghost" —a word which has embodied so many unfounded theories and causeless fears?

This war has purged it of its disagreeable connotation, and to-day that which is meant by socialism is equivalent to the rights of man.

The image of a triangle, for instance, is always some particular triangle, and therefore represents only a part of the total connotation.

Furthermore, the Chinese version of patriotism has more cosmopolitan and fewer restrictive connotations than patriotism ever had in the West.

Refined people are careful to avoid the use even of the word "servant," replacing it by "maid," so strong is this connotation of inferiority.

Things of this sort had begun to happen rapidly, but it was not the things themselves, but the connotations of them, that almost stunned him.

They were salient neither in nightmares as it was not night, nor daydreams as this word only had positive connotations, but in a sense, daymares.

Magic is a term of evil connotation; and the practice of using like to produce like is condemned when and because it is employed for anti-social purposes.

Their diversity of connotation is obviously inherent in their sound; and yet, though the difference may be heard at once, it seems inexplicable by the intellect.

It demands that words have the power of perfect adaptation to the thought and feeling they express, that words have both the power of denotation and of connotation.

In Tikopia the ghosts of dead ancestors and relatives as well as animals are atua and this connotation of the word appears to be general in other parts of Polynesia.

Instead of a business letterhead the sheet may have an engraved name and home or business address without any further business connotations, or it may be simply an address line.

The New Hacker Dictionary, an online compendium of software-programmer jargon, officially lists nine different connotations of the word "hack" and a similar number for "hacker."

Obviously Kant is here using the term ‘possible’ not in the meaning of the first Postulate, but in its narrower connotation as signifying that which is capable of objective reality.

Primarily most of these discussions centered around points of doctrine and were concerned as largely with the meaning of the word in the original as with its connotation in English.

The supreme Chinese leader they called the emperor, despite the inevitable Caesarian connotations of the term and the fact that it erased the peculiar significance of the Chinese title.

And after this preliminary explanation I shall ask leave to use for clearness in my argument such words as are simplest and shortest, however vague or disputable their connotation may be.

Popular speech has taken it in its present connotation from the technical vocabulary of engineering, and the term has brought with it a very refreshing sense of accuracy and practicality.

It is only as the mental process desired becomes clearly conceived of, its connotations and denotation clearly defined, that it becomes a real goal towards Which a teacher or learner may strive.

Degas, in short, paints the kind of pictures which the general public calls "artistic"—a word which, though loosely used, has come to have a distinct connotation when applied to arts and crafts.

The question of increasing the vocabulary, for example, is in the case of biblical translation so complicated by the theological connotation of words as to require a treatment peculiar to itself.

There is an innate pathos about a dog somehow, that makes his appearance in ghostly form more credible and sympathetic, while the ghost of any other animal would tend to have a comic connotation.

And to balance the narrow connotation thus assigned to the term knowledge, he has to give a correspondingly wide meaning to the terms faith, moral belief, subjective principles of interpretation.

The sight of that headline to be flaunted on every street corner was like seeing these words, with their loathsome connotation, spread upon a banner that arched over the whole sky of life for him.

And the day following Brown learned the full connotation of thirst, when the lips crack to bleeding, the mouth is coated with granular slime, and the swollen tongue finds the mouth too small for residence.

"There is no harm," he continues, "in calling such a convenient diagram the 'Archetype' of the skull, but I prefer to avoid a word whose connotation is so fundamentally opposed to the spirit of modern science".

Cheeriness with them has its own awful connotation: they are almost automatically at their best when things are at their worst; but the gunner is always enjoying the joke of making things unpleasant for the other side.

Unlike all living languages it is never subject to change, and hence there is no danger that any misunderstanding of refined points of doctrine or observance will creep in through alteration in the connotation of words.

Since it was during his administration that the war started and that the Emancipation Proclamation had been issued, the word "Republican" in the South had for many individuals the connotation of a moral and social stigma.

Psychologists explain this difference in the connotation of the same word among people using the same language in terms of difference in the "apperception mass" in different individuals and different groups of individuals.

One's connotation of "grocer" excluding diamond panes, oak timbers, difficult steps, and reverend antiquity, I was like to lose the way in earnest, had not a customer emerged opportunely from the crazy doorway with a basket of goods.

Although we are well aware of an ongoing debate in nursing over technical versus philosophical connotations of theory, we characterize our work as a general theory of nursing developed in the context of our understanding of human science.

At some time it had been occupied by some other creature, but the dirt which floored it had settled flat and there were no recent tracks. It retained faint traces of an odor which was unfamiliar but not unpleasant. It had no connotation of danger.

Owing to Kant’s failure explicitly to distinguish between these two very different connotations of the term, such a sentence as the following is ambiguous: "That in appearance which contains the condition of this necessary rule of apprehension is the object."

So there has grown around our two great Universities of Oxford and Cambridge a connotation (secondary, if you will, but valuable above price) of universality; of standing like great beacons of light, to attract the young wings of all who would seek learning for their sustenance.

I prefer to use the word pressure instead of force, since it keeps the attention closely directed upon the groups themselves, instead of upon any mystical "realities" assumed to be underneath and supporting them, and since its connotation is not limited to the narrowly "physical."

The art of sculpture in Assyria suffered all the drawbacks which befall every art once it becomes professionalized; it lacks spontaneity which is the very connotation of art, it is made to order, and therefore it inevitably knows no freedom but is the dull slave of conventionalism.

A casual glance at his slender figure made it seem impossible that he was to rise to be the greatest adventurer in space, that his name was to carry such deadly connotation in later years.