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Connotation Definition

The emotional response evoked by a word or the associations called up by a word that goes beyond its dictionary meaning.


Connotation Poem Example

Dylan Thomas's "Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night" includes intensely connotative language, as in these lines:

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.


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Other Connotation Definition

[n] an idea that is implied or suggested
[n] what you must know in order to determine the reference of an expression

Synonyms

intension

Misc. Definitions

\Con`no*ta"tion\, n. [Cf. F. connotation.] The act of connoting; a making known or designating something additional; implication of something more than is asserted.

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