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What is the difference between denotation and connotation in the words "dull,"...
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Denotation is the dictionary definition. It is a non-emotional, literal definition of the word. Connotation, on the other hand, is the emotional meaning of the word. For example, many people consider “skinny” to have a negative connotation and “thin” to have a positive one, even though they have similar denotations.
“Dull” has a negative connotation. Rather than the opposite of bright, emotionally it brings up negative ideas. “Inspire,” on the other hand, has a positive connotation. We like people who inspire others! Life, on the other hand, does not really have strong emotional connotations of different emotional meanings.
Posted by litteacher8 on April 24, 2013 at 8:06 AM (Answer #1)
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