Connote vs. Connotate

By Jaxson

  • Connote

    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).

  • Connote (verb)

    To signify beyond its literal or principal meaning.

    “Racism often connotes an underlying fear or ignorance.”

  • Connote (verb)

    To possess an inseparable related condition; to imply as a logical consequence.

    “Poverty connotes hunger.”

  • Connote (verb)

    To express without overt reference; to imply.

  • Connote (verb)

    To require as a logical predicate to consequence.

  • Connotate (verb)

    To connote; to suggest or designate (something) as additional; to include; to imply.

  • Connote (verb)

    (of a word) imply or suggest (an idea or feeling) in addition to the literal or primary meaning

    “the term ‘modern science’ usually connotes a complete openness to empirical testing”

  • Connote (verb)

    (of a fact) imply as a consequence or condition

    “spinsterhood connoted failure”

Oxford Dictionary

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