Annotation vs. Connotation

By Jaxson

Main Difference

The main difference between Annotation and Connotation is that the Annotation is a metadata and Connotation is a cultural or emotional association that some word or phrase carries, in addition to the word’s or phrase’s explicit or literal meaning.

  • Annotation

    An annotation is a metadatum (e.g. a post, explanation, markup) attached to location or other data.

  • Connotation

    A connotation is a commonly understood cultural or emotional association that some word or phrase carries, in addition to its explicit or literal meaning, which is its denotation.

    A connotation is frequently described as either positive or negative, with regard to its pleasing or displeasing emotional connection. For example, a stubborn person may be described as being either strong-willed or pig-headed; although these have the same literal meaning (stubborn), strong-willed connotes admiration for the level of someone’s will (a positive connotation), while pig-headed connotes frustration in dealing with someone (a negative connotation).

  • Annotation (noun)

    a critical or explanatory commentary or analysis

  • Annotation (noun)

    a comment added to a text

  • Annotation (noun)

    the process of writing such comment or commentary

  • Annotation (noun)

    metadata added to a document or program

  • Annotation (noun)

    information relating to the genetic structure of sequences of bases

  • Connotation (noun)

    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.”

  • Connotation (noun)

    The attribute or aggregate of attributes connoted by a term, 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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