- The definition of a connotation is an idea suggested by another idea.
An example of connotation is the name Hitler being associated with negative images.
This image has many troubling connotations.
- the act or process of connoting
- something connoted; idea or notion suggested by or associated with a word, phrase, etc. in addition to its explicit meaning, or denotation: “politician” has different connotations from “statesman”
- Logic the properties possessed by all the objects in a term's extension; intension
Origin of connotationMiddle English connotacion ; from Medieval Latin connotatio
- The act or process of connoting.
- a. An idea or meaning suggested by or associated with a word or thing: Hollywood holds connotations of romance and glittering success.b. The set of associations implied by a word in addition to its literal meaning.
- Logic The set of attributes constituting the meaning of a term; intension.
- A meaning of a word or phrase that is suggested or implied, as opposed to a denotation, or literal meaning. A characteristic of words or phrases, or of the contexts that words and phrases are used in.
- A technical term in logic used by J. S. Mill and later logicians to refer to the attribute or aggregate of attributes connoted by a term, and contrasted with denotation.
- The two expressions "the morning star" and "the evening star" have different connotations but the same denotation (i.e. the planet Venus).