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Denotative Words and Connotative Words

Denotative Words and Connotative WordsA Denotative word denotes or defines an idea.

A Connotative word is one that, in addition to denoting or defining, suggests and insinuates. It conveys more than it really says; it both informs and enriches.

The word lend merely denotes; the word sacrifice connotes.

The word store denotes; the word institution connotes.

The word supply denotes; the word serve connotes.

This sentence is denotative: This store stands ready to lend all its energies to the task of supplying you.

This sentence is connotative: This institution stands ready to sacrifice all its energies in your service.

All writers should prefer using connotative words over denotative ones because they make stronger and more lasting impressions.

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WORD CLASSES > Connecting Words > Spoken and Written Words > Word Groups > Denotative Words > Connotative Words > Generic Words > Specific Words > Antonyms, Homonyms and Synonyms > Localism and Provincialism Words > New Words > Technical Words > Colloquial Words > Foreign Words > Slang Words > Old Words and Obsolete Words > Anglo-Saxon Words > Latin Words > Name Words > Motion Words > Picture Words > Explanatory Words