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Connotation/ denotation


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Sometimes we use an indirect reference to explain something like bovine, blonde, dusky....

When words like the above examples are used in a sentence to bring about a meaning in addition to its primary meaning is what is called connotation.

When the word and the literal meaning is same, it is called denotation.

Connotation--->
1)an association or idea suggested by a word in addition to its primary meaning.
2) The sum of what a word implies.

Denotation--->
1) the actual literal meaning.


Sample Usage

1) Bovine:
Connotation--> slow/ dull-witted.
Denotation --> cow/ anything related to cow.

2)Dusky:
Connotation--> something which carries an air of mystery.
Denotation---> dark complexion.



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