Connected to a word is known as its connotative

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connected to a word is known as its connotative meaning. Depending on our experiences, certain words have a positive, negative, or neutral connotation. Positive and Negative Connotations. ... For example, the words childish, childlike and youthful have the same denotative but different connotative meanings. Childish and childlike have a negative connotation as they refer to immature behavior of a person. Whereas, youthful implies that a person is lively and energetic. Positive Connotations Childlike Dove (peace) Hollywood (fame) Home Lean Modest Slender Thrifty Wall Street (wealth) Youthful Negative Connotations Babe (woman) Chick (woman) Broad (woman)
Chatty Chicken (coward) Lackadaisical Miserly Mutt Procrastination Pushy Reservation (Native Americans) Retarded Skinny Uppity Connotation Pairs Here are examples of pairs of connotations that describe the same thing or situation. The first has a negative connotation and the second is positive. Astute -- Sagacious Bossy -- Dominant Bum -- Homeless Cheap -- Inexpensive Cheap -- Thrifty Childish -- Childlike Cocky -- Confident Conceited -- Self-confident Cowardly -- Prudent Crippled -- Disabled Difficult -- Challenging Disaster -- Problem Fat -- Overweight Fired -- Terminated Foolish -- Unwise Headstrong -- Determined Job -- Career Lazy -- Relaxed Nag -- Remind Nitpicking -- Meticulous Nosy -- Inquisitive Out of date -- Time-tested Pig-headed -- Stubborn Politician -- Statesman Scrawny -- Thin Stingy -- Economical Stubborn -- Persevering Read more at Common Connotation Examples Below are a few connotation examples. Their suggested meanings are shaped by cultural and emotional associations: A dog connotes shamelessness or an ugly face. A dove implies peace or gentility. Home suggests family, comfort and security. Politician has a negative connotation of wickedness and insincerity while statesperson connotes sincerity. Pushy refers to someone loud-mouthed and irritating. Mom and Dad when used in place of mother and father connote loving parents.
Function of Connotation In literature, connotation paves way for creativity by using figures of speech like metaphor , simile , symbolism , personification etc. Had writers contented themselves with only the literal meanings, there would have been no way to compare abstract ideas to concrete concepts in order to give readers a better understanding .Therefore, connotative meanings of words allow writers to add to their works, dimensions which are broader, more vivid and fresher. Collocation Definition A collocation is a familiar grouping of words , especially words that habitually appear together and thereby convey meaning by association. Collocational range refers to the set of items that typically accompany a word. The size of a collocational range is partially determined by a word's level of specificity and number of meanings. The term collocation (from the Latin for "place together") was first used in its linguistic sense by British linguist John Rupert Firth (1890-1960), who famously observed, "You shall know a word by the company it keeps." The definition of collocation refers to a group of words that often go together or that are likely to occur together. Read more at

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