I am taking a a big State test next week in  Language Arts and I have a few questions I need help answering!Here are the questions. 1. What does parasite mean?   7. What is negative connotation?...

I am taking a a big State test next week in  Language Arts and I have a few questions I need help answering!

Here are the questions.

1. What does parasite mean?


7. What is negative connotation? Is it a negative comment?


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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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A parasite lives off another being without contributing anything to that other being.

Malicious means having bad intentions.  If you treat someone maliciously you are trying to hurt their feelings.

Vegetation is plants.

Adverse means negative -- something that is against the way you want things.

Deteriorates means falls apart or gets worse.

A discrepancy is the difference between how something is and how it should be.  If you're supposed to have $50 and you only have $45 there's a discrepancy of $5.

A negative connotation is a negative feel to a word that does not really show up in its dictionary definition.  it's not a comment, it is a meaning to a word.  Like the word "black" has negative connotations in our society even though it is just a color.

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dfortune | Elementary School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

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1. Parasite officially means an organism (animal, plant, or single cell life form) that lives in or on another organism (the host) and gets nutrients at the host's expense. A tapeworm is a parasite because it lives in the stomach of its host and gets food from that host. It doesn't do anything good for the host and actually harms it because it takes needed food.

Parasite can also be used to describe a person that depends on or uses other people and doesn't give anything in return.

7. A connotation goes beyond the literal definition of a word. Words often cause a person to have a certain idea or feeling.

For example, brat and child are both words that mean a young person. Brat has a negative connotation because we see it as a word describing a child that is not well behaved.

A second example includes the words thin, skinny, skeletal, bony, and gaunt. All of these words could describe a small person, however, skeletal, bony and gaunt all have a negative connotation because it makes you think of an unhealthy person.

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dixon349 | College Teacher | (Level 2) Honors

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I will answer #7: What is a negative connotation?

A word or phrase that has a negative or disliked association connected to it, most commonly due to social use or misconceptions of a word or it's meaning.

A classic example would be the use of the word consequence.

Many people are unaware that this is not a negative word. The assumption when this word is used is that something bad or wrongdoing has happened, this is inaccurate and only due to the overly negative use of the word creating a negative connotation.

Consequence is defined as follows:
the effect, result, or outcome of something occurring earlier

So, in fact the statement the man gave the woman a rose and consequentially received a kiss on the cheek is in fact also a proper use of the word.

This example shows that the consequences of the action were positive. I am sure you can think of other examples of positive outcomes using the word "consequence."

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