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9/06/2018

A short note on Connotation



Connotation is an indirect meaning of a word. Connotation is the suggestion or associated significance implied by a word.

Examples:
“Home is the place where, when you have to go there,
They have to take you in”.
(Frost: “The Death of the Hired Man”)
“Home” literally means a roofed to live in (denotation) but it’s connective meaning, as it is suggested here , may be peace, intimacy, family bond, etc.

Thus, a “bird” is a winged biped (denotation) but the connection of the word “bird” may be freedom, or sweet voice; “island” is piece of land surrounded by water (denotation) but it’s connotation is “isolated” as in the sentence “Every man is an island in a crowded city” . The”bridge party” in E. M. Forster's “Passage to India” , literally means a party to reduce the gap between the natives and English. But it’s connotative meaning is the party to discover  other’s intentions through intimacy. Connotative meaning may be positive or negative.

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