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Connotation vs. Denotation. Denotation - The exact, literal meaning of a word. “The family sat together in front of a warm fire.” The denotative or literal interpretation of warm = nearly hot (actual temperature) . Connotation vs. Denotation.

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connotation vs denotation

Connotation vs. Denotation

Denotation- The exact, literal meaning of a word

“The family sat together in front of awarmfire.”

The denotativeor literal interpretation of warm= nearly hot (actual temperature)

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Connotation vs. Denotation

Connotation- The unspoken, hidden meaning that gives a word more emotional impact

“The family sat together in front of awarmfire.”

Theconnotativeor figurative interpretation of warm= comforting; friendly (mood/tone)

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Connotations

  • A connotationgives the reader or listener a distinct impression or feeling, calling on emotion rather than fact.
  • Through their connotations, words set a tone and can reveal hidden opinions, attitudes, or judgments.
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Mrs. Darcy knows the answers to questions no one else can answer.

Mrs. Darcy can be described in three different ways, with different connotations and denotative meanings:

Informed--neutral

Confident--positive

Conceited--negative

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lazy or relaxed?

Which word has a connotation of criticism?

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juicy or greasy?

Which word has a tastier connotation?

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victim or loser?

Which word has a more sympathetic connotation?