connotation

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n connotation an idea that is implied or suggested
    • n connotation what you must know in order to determine the reference of an expression
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Britain's present royal family was originally named Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. The name was changed in 1917, during WW1 because of German connotations. The name Windsor was suggested by one of the staff. At the same time the Battenberg family name of the cousins to the Windsors was changed into Mountbatten.
    • Connotation a meaning implied but not explicitly denoted by some word or expression, which may be understood in addition to the explicit primary meaning.
    • n Connotation The act of connoting; a making known or designating something additional; implication of something more than is asserted.
    • Connotation (Logic) 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n connotation Secondary denotation; reference to something besides the object named.
    • n connotation 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.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Connotation implication of something more than the denotation of an object: the aggregation of attributes connoted by a term
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. connotation,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. con, with, and Note.

Usage

In literature:

To-day the term "charity" has given way to a new equivalent, with a somewhat different connotation.
"The Menorah Journal, Volume 1, 1915" by Various
Yet we cannot very well get on without the word, and we certainly cannot avoid its connotation.
"Personality in Literature" by Rolfe Arnold Scott-James
Enthusiasm does not necessarily connote hysteria or sentimentalism.
"Human Traits and their Social Significance" by Irwin Edman
So far the term "instinctive" has a restricted biological connotation in terms of behaviour.
"Evolution in Modern Thought" by Ernst Haeckel
Does not the individuality of the individual thinker connote the very maximum of error?
"The Approach to Philosophy" by Ralph Barton Perry
They no longer connote ships of war.
"From Sail to Steam, Recollections of Naval Life" by Captain A. T. Mahan
The sense of possession which they connote was gone from his heart.
"The Pursuit of God" by A. W. Tozer
A name denotes objects and connotes attributes.
"Assimilative Memory" by Marcus Dwight Larrowe (AKA Prof. A. Loisette)
Is acquiring a territorial connotation, 416.
"Studies in Literature and History" by Sir Alfred Comyn Lyall
But "cosmic," with its Whitmanesque, modern connotation, does not exactly fit Goethe.
"Visions and Revisions" by John Cowper Powys
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In poetry:

An O, my mammy's varry cold--
Just come an touch her arm:
Aw've done mi best to hap her up,
But connot mak her warm.
"The Old Bachelor's Story" by John Hartley
But if shoo's gooan an left us here,
What mun we do or say?--
We connot follow her unless,
Somebody 'll show us th' way."
"The Old Bachelor's Story" by John Hartley
Tha connot spaik;--thi een poor thing,
Are filled wi' tears already;
Tha connot even start to sing,
Thi voice is soa unsteady.
"That Drabbled Brat" by John Hartley
Full thirty years have rolled away,
Sin that rough time;
What won mi love aw connot say,
But this is mine,
To know, mi greatest prize on earth is thee,
But pray, whativver made thee fancy me?
"What Wor It?" by John Hartley
Sing on, tha bonny burd, sing on, sing on;
Aw connot sing;
A claad hings ovver me, do what aw con
Fresh troubles spring.
Aw wish aw could, like thee, fly far away,
Aw'd leeav mi cares an be a burd to-day.
"Sing On" by John Hartley
Theaw's one ear north, an't' other seawth,
An' like a coalpit is thi meawth ;
Theaw'rt far too sweet on earth to stay,
Let someb'dy shoot tha reet away ;
For aw feel sure ther connot be
Another hawf so feaw as thee.
"To Miss Ugly-Mug." by William Baron

In news:

Microsoft may not want to call the pending programs/benefits " reparations "—especially given the fact (as noted by those scallywags at ValleyWag,)—that the connotations of reparations could lead one to equate Microsoft with Nazis.
His nickname, "Wilky," and his stubby frame connote more free time than free weights.
The term " schmoozing " sometimes takes on a negative connotation--it can feel somehow ingratiating, insincere, or pushy.
No lynching connotations to strung -up 'Nobama' chair.
Not to be shafted with outdated connotations, the developing straight-to-DVD film has a particularly timely twist: the inclusion of a Toddlers & Tiaras star on its cast list.
I think that led to a bad connotation, but when you make it with fresh lemon juice, sugar, and soda water, it's really delicious.
Unfortunately the term "Black Friday" gives the wrong connotation because it is basically a positive day.
This color connotes health, safety, tranquility and harmony.
"I'm not saying that I know the people who made the ads knew this would happen," he said, "But I think they knew that darkening him and de-saturating the color, making him look a lot less lively, would have negative connotations".
Salt has become a dirty word for many individuals recently, but how much do we really know about why sodium and salt have such a negative connotation.
Your Styrofoam lunch container of moo shu pork is labeled with the recycling number 6, a digit with evil connotations.
Even the connotation isn't pleasant, and for most barefooting trainees, neither is the experience of the deepwater start.
" Swamps definitely have a negative connotation," White said.
While it's true that Buddhists, Hindus and a number of spiritual groups historically used swastikas as symbols of peace and luck, the Nazi swastika connotes "all things evil," Morrison said.
It you are at all observant this coming weekend, you will see what it takes to actually create that warm cozy feeling that the term "village" connotes.
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In science:

Heisenberg commutation relations for the finite group Zn in while describing Heisenberg modules for non-commutative two-Torii (see for further connotations).
On Generalized Clifford Algebra $C_4^{(n)}$ and $GL_q(2;C)$ Quantum Group
The general point here is that diagrams can carry implicit assumptions or connotations that a certain distinction makes sense (aka: ‘is physically significant/real’)—and that one can propose, or hope to have, a theory of motion in which that distinction is in fact denied.
On the Persistence of Homogeneous Matter
Although the term ‘incompleteness’ may connote a defect (as if, as was the case for the model discussed [above], all incomplete theories may be ‘completed ’), incomplete theories (e.g., quantum mechanics) are by no means ipso facto defective.
Local Causality and Completeness: Bell vs. Jarrett
The term “access restriction” attaches a negative, totalitarian connot ation to the Cap.
Is There Statistical Evidence that the Oregon Payday-Loan Rate Cap Hurts Consumers?
In this depiction of recombination, we have shown a local replacement of the tangle by the tangle connoting a new cross-connection of the DNA strands.
From tangle fractions to DNA
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