Connotation and Denotation Denotation is the dictionary definition of a word. *You can remember this because Denotation and Dictionary start with a D. Words can have similar definitions, but different connotations. The connotation of a word is the emotion associated with the word.
The volunteers were supervised by Margaret. The volunteers were bossed by Margaret. Which sentence gives a sense that Margaret's actions have a negative effect on the volunteers? The feelings and associations a word has, in addition to its dictionary meaning, is called connotation. bossed has a negative connotation
Connotation and Denotation The following words have the same (or similar) denotation (dictionary definition): car automobile buggy bus hot rod jalopy junker racer vehicle However, they have very different connotations! racer jalopy buggy
Connotation and Denotation The following words have the same (or similar) denotation (dictionary definition): youngster child kid brat little one small fry juvenile minor pip squeak baby However, they have very different connotations! brat baby child
For Example: If you were in a car accident, which of the sentences below would you most likely choose to say to the police officer? Why? I bumped into the car in front of me. I slammed into the car in front of me.
For Example: If your mom caught you being mean to your little sister, which of the sentences below would you most likely choose to say to your mom? Why? I just tapped her on the shoulder. I slapped her on the shoulder.
Drag the word to the correct box scent odor smell gaze Positive Neutral look Negative Denotation stare balmy stifling hot brisk frigid cold
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