from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The act or process of connoting.
- n. An idea or meaning suggested by or associated with a word or thing: Hollywood holds connotations of romance and glittering success.
- n. The set of associations implied by a word in addition to its literal meaning.
- n. Logic The set of attributes constituting the meaning of a term; intension.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. 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.
- n. A technical term in logic used by J. S. Mill and later logicians to refer to the attribute or aggregate of attributes connoted by a term, and contrasted with denotation.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of connoting; a making known or designating something additional; implication of something more than is asserted.
- n. a meaning implied but not explicitly denoted by some word or expression, which may be understood in addition to the explicit primary meaning.
- n. the full set of necessary properties possessed by all the objects within the extension of a term; the intensional meaning of a term, which determines the objects to which the term applies; the intension of a term.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Secondary denotation; reference to something besides the object named.
- n. That which constitutes the meaning of a word; the aggregation of attributes expressed by a word; that which a word means or implies: distinguished from denotation. See extract, and connote, v.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an idea that is implied or suggested
- n. what you must know in order to determine the reference of an expression
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Though the words and phrases are vague and suggest different things to different people their connotation is always favorable: "The concepts and programs of the propagandist are always good, desirable, virtuous."
He's trying to reconcile a new word connotation associated with being upset with something that he already understands as having to do with polar bears and snow.
The phrase that Walt popularized that raises hackles, because it is a name, which implies a (corporate) entity being named and is for that reason vaguely conspiratorial in connotation, is “Israel Lobby.”
Trago does not strictly mean an alcoholic drink, although that connotation is very strong.
When I hear your name mentioned, or think of you, up, at once, flashes that memory picture, and with it, it's connotation, & its connotation is "noble."
I think the irony arises from the difference in connotation between “motivate/incentivize” and “encourage”; “motivate” and “incentivize” are neutral terms, whereas “encourage” is distinctly positive, calling to mind pep talks, compliments (“I know you can do it”) and, well, encouragement.
The “ly” brings a certain connotation that I did not intend.
But "propaganda" has always a pejorative connotation in this country.
“With preemption, the connotation is that the cowboy just wants to go out and attack people,” he said.
Its connotation is of balanced diversity within a group.
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