connotation

noun
ADJECTIVE
obvious, strong

the obvious symbolic connotations of his name

broad (esp. AmE), wider (esp. BrE)

The term ‘at-risk youth’ has taken on broad connotations.

The notion of abuse has wider connotations than the physical.

negative, sinister, unfortunate
derogatory, pejorative

the derogatory connotation of the term ‘diva’

positive
cultural, moral, political, racial, religious, sexual

the cultural connotations of these conventions

There were political connotations in such choices.

words that today have religious connotations

There is no sexual connotation to this behaviour/behavior.

VERB + CONNOTATION
acquire, carry, have

That word has strong sexual connotations.

The term ‘native’ has acquired pejorative connotations among some groups.

lose

‘Catholic’ lost its original connotation of universality.

attach, give sth

the negative connotations attached to the word ‘academic’

PREPOSITION
connotation of

The word carries connotations of romance.


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  • CONNOTATION — CONNOTATI Si c’est en 1933 seulement que Bloomfield introduisit le terme de connotation parmi les concepts de la linguistique scientifique, l’idée même que véhicule ce mot (emprunté à la logique et à la philosophie, non sans modification de sens) …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Connotation — Con no*ta tion (k[o^]n n[ o]*t[=a] sh[u^]n), n. [Cf. F. connotation.] The act of connoting; a making known or designating something additional; implication of something more than is asserted. [1913 Webster] 2. a meaning implied but not explicitly …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Connotation — (v. lat.), Mitbezeichnung, Mitanzeige; daher Connotationstermin, Termin zur Anzeige sämmtlicher Forderungen …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Connotation — Connotation, lat., Mitbezeichnung, Mitanzeige; Connotationstermin, Termin zur Anzeige sämmtlicher Forderungen …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • connotation — connotation/denotation …   Philosophy dictionary

  • connotation — I noun allusion, application, bearing, broad meaning, coloring, comprehension, construction, context, denotation, derivation, drift, essence, essential meaning, expression, force, general meaning, gist, hint, idea, impact, implication, import,… …   Law dictionary

  • connotation — 1530s, from M.L. connotationem (nom. connotatio), from connotat , pp. stem of connotare signify in addition to the main meaning, a term in logic, lit. to mark along with, from L. com together (see COM (Cf. com )) + notare to mark (see NOTE (Cf …   Etymology dictionary

  • connotation — denotation (see under DENOTE) Analogous words: suggestion, implication, intimation (see corresponding verbs at SUGGEST): evoking or evocation (see corresponding verb at EDUCE): import, signification, *meaning, significance, sense …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • connotation — [n] implication association, coloring, essence, hint, meaning, nuance, overtone, significance, suggestion, undertone; concepts 682,689 Ant. denotation …   New thesaurus

  • connotation — ► NOUN ▪ an idea or feeling invoked by a word in addition to its primary or literal meaning …   English terms dictionary

  • connotation — [kän΄ə tā′shən] n. [ME connotacion < ML connotatio] 1. the act or process of connoting 2. something connoted; idea or notion suggested by or associated with a word, phrase, etc. in addition to its explicit meaning, or denotation [“politician”… …   English World dictionary

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