Connotations



[kon-uh-tey-shuh n] /ˌkɒn əˈteɪ ʃən/

noun
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.
/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)
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.”

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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