Connotation

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.

 

 

 

 
 
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