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DENOTATION

Grammar Denotation
DENOTATION
  • Denotation means ‘dictionary meaning’.
  • Denotation means an explicit meaning, or universally accepted meaning.
  • Denotation means a primary meaning of any word.

Every word has one literal meaning (denotation), but several different implied meanings (connotations). The definition of the word provides the word’s denotation.

 

Denotation vs Connotation
Denotation Connotation
It is a direct meaning of the word It is an intended meaning of the word
Denotation is so much evident Connotation is hidden
Denotation is the definition of the word Connotation can be positive, negative and neutral
Denotation of the word is same everywhere Connotation of the word changes according to the context in which it is used
Denotation means a surface meaning Connotation means reading between lines

 

Examples
Snake
Denotation
: Venomous or non-venomous reptile
Connotation: A person having evil intentions
Chicken
Denotation
: A young one of hen
Connotation: Coward
Pig
Denotation
: An omnivorous animal
Connotation: Dirty, greedy, or unpleasant person
Blue
Denotation
: Blue Colour
Connotation: Sad feeling
Mob
Denotation
: A group of people
Connotation: An angry crowd
Rose
Denotation
: A kind of flower
Connotation: Symbol of love
Poison
Denotation
: A substance causing illness or death on eating or drinking
Connotation: Dangerous/fatal/harmful/deadly
Child
Denotation
: Small kid
Connotation: Innocent/Immature 
Woman
Denotation
: Female
Connotation: Frailty/ weak/subordinate
White
Denotation
: White Colour
Connotation: Peace
Warrior
Denotation
: One who fights
Connotation: Courageous/ survivor 
Green
Denotation
: Green Colour
Connotation: Prosperity
Devil
Denotation
: Monster
Connotation: Inhuman/cruel person
God
Denotation
: Deity
Connotation: Divine/virtuous person
Lion
Denotation
: An animal
Connotation: Brave person
Heart
Denotation
: Body organ
Connotation: Core/ Centre of something
Storm
Denotation
: Tempest
Connotation: Commotion/uproar
Saffron
Denotation
: Saffron Colour
Connotation: Sacrifice
Robin Hood
Denotation
: A character in fiction
Connotation: One who loots the rich to help the poor
Elixir
Denotation
: A substance used to bring someone back to life from death
Connotation: Life-giving

ENGLISH GRAMMAR


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