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1 Denotation vs. Connotation
SOL 7.4 c- Students will identify connotations

2 Denotation: The actual dictionary definition of a word

3 Connotation Emotional and imaginative association surrounding a word; the meaning given to a word through its use in a society or culture

4 For example: Annette was surprised Annette was amazed.
Annette was astonished. The words are synonyms (denotations), but they have slightly different connotations.

5 Synonyms can often have a positive, neutral, or negative connotation
Synonyms can often have a positive, neutral, or negative connotation. For example, the synonyms scrawny and slim have similar denotations, (thin or not having much weight) but most people would rather be called slim than scrawny.

6 Would you rather be called determined…

7 Or pig-headed? The Denotation of both words means stubborn or strong-willed, but our Connotation of both words is much different!!

8 How about eccentric…

9 Or weird?? Similar denotations, but much different connotations!

10 How about these? Previously-owned or Used?

11 Many words have different denotations and connotations
Hot Storm

12 Child Dark

13 Home Tired

14 For quick discussion: Do the following pairs of words contain positive, neutral, or negative connotations? thrifty penny-pinching pushy aggressive politician statesman chef cook devout fanatical

15 alone story amateur common dull chicken issues green old neverending
Now get with a partner and try to come up with the denotation and connotation of the following words. Be prepared to explain how context can affect meaning: story amateur common dull alone chicken issues green old neverending

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