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Connotation Examples

When you look up a word in the dictionary, you will find its literal, or denotative, meaning. However, the emotions and associations connected to a word is known as its connotative meaning. Depending on our experiences, certain words have a positive, negative, or neutral connotation. For example, a stubborn person may be described as being either strong-willed or pig-headed; although these have the same literal meaning, stubborn, strong-willed connotes admiration for the level of someone's will, while pig-headed connotes frustration in dealing with someone.

Depending on the context, the connotation of a word choice can change the meaning of a sentence considerably, so understanding a word's literal and connotative meanings is important for every speaker and writer. There are certain circumstances when you might want to deliberately use a word that carries less than a positive connotation; however, it is more favorable to avoid mistakenly using a word with a negative or misleading connotation.
And lonely as it is that loneliness
Will be more lonely ere it be less--
A blanker whiteness of benighted snow
With no expression, nothing to express.

Meaning: Although the speaker describes the snow as "benighted," it could easily be an adjective to describe the speaker since the outer landscape of the empty, snowy field is a visual manifestation of his loneliness.

- Robert Frost (Desert Places)
Poetry Robert Frost
Talkative, Conversational, Chatty, Nosy.
Meaning: Talkative and chatty can mean that someone talks too much; and nosy that someone asks too many questions.
Words
Lovely, Knockout, Beautiful, Stunning.
Meaning: Although knockout can be taken as a compliment, it can also be considered sexist when referring to a woman.
Words
Confident, Secure, Proud, Egotistical.
Meaning: Proud and egotistical mean that someone thinks very highly of themselves.
Words
Inquisitive, Interested, Curious, Convivial.
Meaning: Inquisitive can mean that someone asks too many questions.
Words
Young, Immature, Juvenile, Youthful.
Meaning: Immature and juvenile suggest that someone is childish.
Words
Cheap, Frugal, Miserly, Economical.
Meaning: Cheap, frugal, and miserly infers that someone is not generous and is very stingy with their money.
Words Negative
Connotation Meaning
A connotation is an idea or quality that a word makes you think about in addition to its meaning. There are certain circumstances when you might want to deliberately use a word that carries less than a positive connotation; however, you may want to avoid mistakenly using a word with a negative or misleading connotation. Depending on the context, the connotation of a word choice can change the meaning of a sentence considerably.
Connotation Examples
"You are a dog" just suggests that you are ugly or morally detestable.