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


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.

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

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