A connotation is the additional, secondary often emotionally laden meaning to a word or phrase that is not conveyed by literal definition.  For example, “mother” is literally a female parent of offspring, but it also has the connotation of a warm, loving person.  Therefore, though connotations include the literal definitions, they also include the hidden, emotional meaning of a word.  Contrast with denotation.

About The Author

Matt Slick is the President and Founder of the Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry.