What determines the definition of a word?. Is there more to a word than how it is defined in the dictionary?. Yes, there is more. In fact, every word has at least two definitions: connotative and denotative. So, what’s the difference?.
connotative and denotative
So, what’s the difference?
The connotative definition is the________________________ meaning of a word.
figurative or emotional
Let’s try giving the connotative definition for some common words.
Love common words.
Denotative definition: a warmth and tender liking; a deep feeling of fondness and friendship.
Connotative definition: a word which describes . . . . . . .
Anger common words.
Denotative definition : the feeling one has toward something that hurts, opposes, offends, or annoys.
Connotative definition: When I feel . . .
Patriotism common words.
Denotative definition: love or loyal support for one’s country
Connotative definition: The act of . . .
Christmas common words.
Denotative definition: a holiday celebrated on December 25
Connotative definition : A time of year when . . .
Your assignment common words.
Define the word “gift.”
Give both a denotative and a connotative definition.
Turn these definitions into a five paragraph essay.
Follow the structure of a well organized essay.
Introductory paragraph common words.
Each of the three supporting paragraphs common words.
Be careful not to begin a new idea.
Consider your audience common words.
It will be O.K. to use personal pronouns like I, me, my, we, our, and us .
It will be okay to use the pronoun you.
Remember to check the important stuff. common words.