Connotation definition

kŏnə-tāshən
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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.

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An idea or meaning suggested by or associated with a word or thing.

Hollywood holds connotations of romance and glittering success.

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The set of associations implied by a word in addition to its literal meaning.
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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.

The connotations of the phrase "you are a dog" are that you are physically unattractive or morally reprehensible, not that you are a canine.

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(logic) The properties possessed by all the objects in a term's extension; intension.
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(logic) The set of attributes constituting the meaning of a term; intension.
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The act or process of connoting.
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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).

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The act or process of connoting.
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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”

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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
connotation
Plural:
connotations