Presentation on theme: "Denotation and Connotation"— Presentation transcript:
1 Denotation and Connotation Words are What We Make Them
2 Denotation Denotation = Dictionary Definition Example Definition: A word’s denotation—or denotative meaning—is its literal definition. It is neutral.Denotation = Dictionary DefinitionExampleSnake: a limbless reptile with a long, scaly body.
3 ConnotationDefinition: A word’s connotation—or connotative meaning—is the attitudes and feelings associated with a word. May be positive or negative Example Snake: “snake in the grass,” symbol of evil, slimy, liar
4 The denotative definition is based on the literal definition of a word. The connotative definition is the figurative or emotional meaning of a word.
5 ConnotationConnotation can change from person to person, depending on their individual association with that word.When a biologist hears the word “snake,” she might think of the rare Indigo snake she felt lucky to see during her last research trip. Positive connotation.When a man on death row hears the word “chair,” he might break into a cold sweat. Negative connotation.
6 Connotation Positive Negative We bought inexpensive souvenirs at the amusement park.I ate a moist sandwich.I am a bargain shopper.NegativeWe bought cheap souvenirs at the amusement park.I ate a soggy sandwich.I am a cheapskate.
7 Negative or Positive?For the following words, come up with a word with a positive connotation and a negative connotation Positive Negative Short _________ _________ Not smart _________ _________ Self focused _________ _________ Not funny _________ _________ Non-athletic _________ _________
8 PRACTICE For the following words. Write down the denotative and connotative meaningsHomeCockroachSchoolHalloween