- 1An idea or feeling which a word invokes for a person in addition to its literal or primary meaning: the word ‘discipline’ has unhappy connotations of punishment and repression [mass noun]: the work functions both by analogy and by connotationMore example sentences
- Leaving aside the religious connotations of the word, an idol in the realm of pop culture is someone that people look up to and engage with.
- Wouldn't you have to abandon any swear words with sexual connotations to maintain a consistent position?
- The word carries serious negative connotations that stretch back to the days of colonial Africa.
- 1.1 Philosophy The abstract meaning or intension of a term, which forms a principle determining which objects or concepts it applies to. Often contrasted with denotation.More example sentences
- Seemingly gender-neutral terms such as aggressive and professional have different connotations when applied to men and women.
- The term is useful because it is free from some of the acquired connotations of some other terms used for the same or a similar phenomenon.
- One connotation of the term is that the imbalance must be really serious or exceptional.
mid 16th century: from medieval Latin connotatio(n-), from connotare 'mark in addition' (see connote).