Question by  Mommyof1 (49)

What is a denotation?

All the definitions I can find include the word "denote", which isn't very helpful.


Answer by  lonelywolf (2117)

The best way to think of this is to compare it to the term "connotation." The "denotation" of a word is the strict "dictionary definition," whereas the "connotation" are the feelings and implications the word has. So words like beautiful, handsome, pretty, attractive, good-looking, etc. may have very similar (or even the same) denotation, they all have slightly different connotations.


Answer by  jclick (1561)

The definition of denotation is "the definition of a word" (as opposed to an implied meaning). Denotation refers to the actual or literal meaning of a word.

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