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connotation

[kon-uh-tey-shuh n] /ˌkɒn əˈteɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
  1. the associated or secondary meaning of a word or expression in addition to its explicit or primary meaning: A possible connotation of “home” is “a place of warmth, comfort, and affection.”.
  2. the suggesting of additional meanings by a word or expression, apart from its literal meaning; the act of connoting.
Compare denotation (def 1).
2.
something suggested or implied by a word or thing, rather than being explicitly named or described:
“Religion” has always had a negative connotation for me.
3.
Logic. the set of attributes constituting the meaning of a term and thus determining the range of objects to which that term may be applied; comprehension; intension.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425 for earlier sense; 1525-35 for current senses; late Middle English connotacion < Medieval Latin connotātiōn- (stem of connotātiō), equivalent to connotāt(us) (past participle of connotāre to connote; see -ate1) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
connotative
[kon-uh-tey-tiv, kuh-noh-tuh-] /ˈkɒn əˌteɪ tɪv, kəˈnoʊ tə-/ (Show IPA),
connotive, adjective
connotatively, connotively, adverb
nonconnotative, adjective
nonconnotatively, adverb
unconnotative, adjective
Synonyms
2. undertone, implication, import.
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  • It tested parents' tolerance of ambiguity, since it lacked strong gender connotations.
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  • It's as if he wants to distance himself from the connotations of that word.
  • As that remark suggests, antebellum beards bristled with political connotations.
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  • It comes across as unbelievably misogynistic because as opposed to science, it presents societal connotations.
  • He would have rejected the label of magician because it might have had dark connotations to him.
  • IN contrast to politics, in the world of entrepreneurs, going public has fabulously positive connotations.
British Dictionary definitions for connotations

connotation

/ˌkɒnəˈteɪʃən/
noun
1.
an association or idea suggested by a word or phrase; implication
2.
the act or fact of connoting
3.
(logic) another name for intension (sense 1)
Derived Forms
connotative (ˈkɒnəˌteɪtɪv; kəˈnəʊtə-), connotive, adjective
connotatively, connotively, adverb
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Word Origin and History for connotations

connotation

n.

1530s, from Medieval Latin connotationem (nominative connotatio), from connotat-, past participle stem of connotare "signify in addition to the main meaning," a term in logic, literally "to mark along with," from Latin com- "together" (see com-) + notare "to mark" (see note).

A word denotes its primary meaning, its barest adequate definition -- father denotes "one that has begotten." A word connotes the attributes commonly associated with it -- father connotes "male sex, prior existence, greater experience, affection, guidance."

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connotations in Culture

connotation definition


The meaning that a word suggests or implies. A connotation includes the emotions or associations that surround a word. For example, the word modern strictly means “belonging to recent times,” but the word's connotations can include such notions as “new, up to date, experimental.”

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Encyclopedia Article for connotations

connotation

in logic, correlative words that indicate the reference of a term or concept: "intension" indicates the internal content of a term or concept that constitutes its formal definition; and "extension" indicates its range of applicability by naming the particular objects that it denotes. For instance, the intension of "ship" as a substantive is "vehicle for conveyance on water," whereas its extension embraces such things as cargo ships, passenger ships, battleships, and sailing ships. The distinction between intension and extension is not the same as that between connotation and denotation.

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