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Connotation and Denotation

Connotation and Denotation

Denotation can be defined as the original,literal and dictionary meaning of a word. In other words, denotative meaning of a word is its direct, explicit meaning.For Example, Rock-literally means a stone, but can also be used to refer to a person as solid and stable.

On the other hand,Connotation is the figurative use of words.it is the meaning added to the dictionary meaning of a word. A word's connotations can be either positive or negative and will depend on the context in which it is used, and to some degree, on the reader or hearer.

Examples of Denotation

  1. The blueberry is very blue.
    We understand this sentence by its denotative meaning—it describes the literal color of the fruit.
  2. That goat belongs to Mr Emeka.
    We also see,that the noun goat in the sentence conveys it's original meaning.

Examples of Connotation

  1. Jesus is the lamb of God.
    Lamb in the sentence is use as a positive connotation.
  2. Jesus is the rock of edges.
    Rock-literally means a stone, but can also be used to refer
    to a person as solid and stable.(positive connotation)
  3. The man looks like a pig.
    The noun pig in th sentence is a negative Connotation. Which tells us how dirty the man is.

    Denotative words

  • Lamb
  • Dove
  • House
  • Attractive
  • Hungry
  • Car
  • Rock
  • Lion
  • Gentle
  • Holy
  • Crown

    Connotative words

  • Dog
  • Pig
  • Death
  • Childish
  • Skinny
  • fruga
  • Talkative
  • Dumb
  • Ugly
  • Stunning