Definition of denotation
- comparing a word's denotation with its connotations
- In fact, the "Parks and Recreation" alum said he didn't know the word's medical denotation.
- —Nardine Saad
The word has one literal denotation but several different connotations.
The definition provides the word's denotation.
Connotation and denotation are easily confused, and the fact that neither word is particularly common in everyday use makes it difficult for many people to get a firm grip on the difference between them. While each of these two words has several possible meanings, they are notably distinct from each other in all senses. Denotation is concerned with explicit meaning, and connotation tends to be concerned with implicit meaning. The word home, for instance, has a denotation of “the place (such as a house or apartment) where a person lives,” but it may additionally have many connotations (such as “warmth,” “security,” or “childhood”) for some people.
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