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When you look up a word in the dictionary, you will find its literal (denotative) meaning. However, the emotions and associations connected to a word is known as its connotative meaning. Depending on our experiences, certain words have a positive, negative, or neutral connotation.
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Importance of Connotation
Understanding a word's literal (denotative) and suggestive (connotative) meanings is important for every speaker and writer. There are certain circumstances when you might want to deliberately use a word that carries less than a positive connotation; however, you may want to avoid mistakenly using a word with a negative or misleading connotation. Depending on the context, the connotation of a word choice can change the meaning of a sentence considerably. For example, using the words "chick" or "babe" to refer to a woman often carry a negative connotation, especially if women are part of the audience. Those same words, however, may not cause much offence amongst a group of men talking about Angelina Jolie.
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Examples of Connotative Words
Connotation Exercise #1
Below are groups of words which are often used to describe people. What are the connotations of the words? 1. Childlike, Youthful, Childish, Young 2. Disabled, Crippled, Handicapped, Retarded 3. Relaxed, Laid-back, Lackadaisical, Easy-going
Every morning my neighbor takes his mutt to the park. Stunning 10. 5. Thin 5. Mutt. it can also be considered sexist when referring to a woman. 2. Economical 6. Answer Key: 1. 2. Can you identify the words that have a negative connotation? 1. Miserly. Connotation Exercise #2 Read the sentences below. Knockout. Secure. Skinny. Talkative and chatty can mean that someone talks too much. Convivial 8. 9. 2. 3. Conversational. Crippled. Youthful 7. but the rents are cheap. Proud and egotistical mean that someone thinks very highly of themselves. You need to be pushy when you are looking for a job. 5. Nosy Answer Key: 1. 10. 3. Skinny implies that someone is too thin. Pushy. Chatty. Vocal . Lackadaisical means that someone is not interested and is lacking life. Egotistical 9. Curious. On my flight to Los Angeles. Beautiful. Proud. Although knockout can be taken as a compliment. I sat next to this babe. and retarded have negative connotations and are no longer used because they are considered offensive. It always barks loudly when leaving the building. Immature and juvenile suggest that someone is childish. Bob is quite vocal at every staff meeting. Confident. Slender. and miserly infers that someone is not generous and is very stingy with their money. Uppity. Inquisitive. Inquisitive can mean that someone asks too many questions. 7. but youthful infers that someone is lively and energetic. Slim. Juvenile. Babe. 4. She was absolutely stunning. He always speaks. handicapped. Cheap. Interested. Young. Immature. 4. 8. and nosy that someone asks too many questions. Frugal. Lovely. Talkative. 5. Childish and childlike implies that someone is immature. 3. 6. 4. Cheap. Bedford is an uppity neighborhood.4. frugal.
com/book/Worksheets See transient in Webster's New World College Dictionary adjective 1. not permanent. of transire: see transit noun 1. resulting from a voltage surge. Inc. ☆ staying only for a short time: the transient population at resorts Origin: L transiens. Much Cheaper than Printable Sheets edurite. passing away with time. ELEC. ☆ a transient person or thing: transients at a hotel 2. The definition of a transient is someone who is just passing through somewhere or isn't staying long. YourDictionary definition and usage example. passing quickly or soon. . temporary. Copyright © 2013 by LoveToKnow Corp. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons. a temporary component of a current.. Ohio. Cleveland. a. transitory b. Related Forms: transience noun or transiency transiently adverb Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing. ephemeral 2.transient Listen See in ThesaurusSee in a sentence Transient is defined as someone or something that is temporary or staying for a short amount of time. prp. a change from one steady-state condition to another. fleeting. (adjective) An example of transient is the short duration of the hurricane season in Florida. Ads by Google Free Worksheets Colorful Worksheets-Engage & Learn. etc. Inc. (noun) An example of transient is a honeymoon couple staying at a resort.
transitory: “the transient beauty of youth” (Lydia M. 3. Remaining in a place only a brief time: transient laborers. Physics A transient phenomenon or property. to go over Origin: : trāns-.in Indo-European roots . 2. 2. especially a transient electric current. trānseuntOrigin: . especially as a simple exponential function of time. see transOrigin: + īre. Origin: Origin: Alteration of Latin trānsiēns. noun 1. over. to go. present participle of trānsīre. see ei. Child).See transient in American Heritage Dictionary 4 adjective 1. One that is transient. Physics Decaying with time. especially a hotel guest or boarder who stays for only a brief time. Passing with time.