The word “lion” denotes a kind of wild cat but connotes courage and dignity.
An example of to connote is to imply many qualities about a relationship by calling someone your partner.
For a political leader, hesitation is apt to connote weakness.
The word “mother” means “female parent,” but it generally connotes love, care, tenderness, etc.
Origin of connote
- Medieval Latin connotāre to mark along with Latin com- com- Latin notāre to mark (from nota mark gnō- in Indo-European roots)
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Medieval Latin connotō (“signify beyond literal meaning”), from com- (“together”), + notō (“mark”).