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Connotation and Denotation

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Nicole Bloomfield

on 21 April 2015

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Transcript of Connotation and Denotation

Connotation and Denotation
Nicole Bloomfield and Paul Smoogen

The meaning of a word, based on the wide array of positive or negative associations most words carry with them.

Examples of Connotation
The girl was very innocent, versus the girl was very genuine.
How Connotation is Used
Writers use connotation very frequently. So do we, in our daily lives!

We deviate from the literal meanings of words to more accurately convey the message that we want to get across.
Her hair was greasy.
Innocent has a connotation of meaning inexperienced, pure, or fragile because of how the word is used in literature or other media. Even though genuine has a very similar dictionary meaning to innocent, genuine is not associated with the same things.
Some things have to be greasy, like a car's engine. Greasy is simply a descriptive word, but has a negative connotation because of how it is used in the media.
When you read something,
your mind will automatically associate the word with times when you've heard or seen the word before.
The denotation is the literal or dictionary term for a word.
In the dictionary, the word dove means a type of pigeon with a heavy body and short legs.
A person who holds a
political office.
The word politician has a negative connotative meaning of somebody who is wicked, cowardly or manipulative.
Childish vs Youthful
These words are the same denotation, but their connotative meaning is different. Childish implies immaturity while youthful implies radiance or liveliness.
Home: warm, safe, secure, cozy
Tell if the following definitions are the connotations or denotations of words.
Hollywood: famous, actors, glitz, stardom
Graveyard: scary, horror, mysterious, ghosts
Now, list some connotative meanings of the word
Dove: a short pigeon with short legs and a heavy body.
Dove: a peaceful and elegant creature
Snake: Evil and dangerous reptile.
Snake: Scaly, legless, sometimes venomous reptiles.
What does Connotation mean?
Writers often use connotative meanings of words a lot, and we also use them a lot ourselves.
Lastly, your mind will often use connotations when you are reading a book and associate the words in the book with the times you've seen or heard the words before you read the book.
Which words have a positive connotation and which words have a negative one?
cheap vs thrifty
skinny vs slender
assertive vs bossy
headstrong vs determined
meticulous vs nitpicking
lazy vs relaxed
The words being compared had relatively the same denotation (dictionary meaning) but were very different due to how they're portrayed in literature.
Why It Matters
It matters that we connotations and denotations because we use them in everyday life. Denotations help us with understanding the literal definition of a word. Connotations help us with understanding the positive and negative associations of the word. For example, when someone is talking about a famous actor, the denotation would be someone who acts in a stage, movie, or play. The connotation of an actor, though, would be someone who is famous, rich, and who might have a problem. Examples like these are important since you are very likely to encounter them in real life. As you can see, both connotations and denotations are important to our daily lives.
Handsome: used to describe a male who has distinguished and attractive features.

Handsome: used to describe somebody who is pleasing to look at
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