connote vs denote : Common Errors in English

About connote vs denote

The literal meaning of a word is its denotation; the broader associations we have with a word are its connotations. People who depend on a thesaurus or a computer translation engine to find synonyms often choose a word with the right denotation but the wrong connotations. “Determined” and “pig-headed” both denote stubbornness; but the first connotes a wise adherence to purpose and the second connotes foolish rigidity. “Boss” and “Chief Executive Officer” (CEO) can refer to the same office; but the first is less admiring and likely to connote the view of employees lower down in the company—nobody wants to be thought of as “bossy.” Higher executives would be more likely to speak admiringly of a “CEO.”I often write “insufficiently complex” at the bottom of student papers instead of “simple-minded.” Although they denote essentially the same quality, the connotations of the first are less insulting.

connote Meaning(s)

  • (v) express or state indirectly
  • (v) involve as a necessary condition of consequence; as in logic

denote Meaning(s)

  • (v) be a sign or indication of
  • (v) have as a meaning
  • (v) make known; make an announcement

connote in News

  • Zoo Tales: Mountain bogs home to unique eco-systems

    Many visitors to the N.C. Zoo might walk right by the park’s Mountain Bog exhibit and never know it’s there — just like they might do in the wild. To a lot of people, bogs and wetlands connote wastelands — wet, unusable land areas that serve no purpose to people, plants or animals, but nothing could be farther from the truth. Bogs are areas of moist, soggy ground, usually containing peat formed ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Asheboro Courier-Tribune

denote in News

  • Fort Campbell's 'Lifeliners' take over Afghanistan mission

    A ceremony was held at Bagram Air Field on June 8 to denote the transfer of authority of sustainment operations and retrograde support from Task Force Durable to Task Force Lifeliners of Fort Campbell's 101st Sustainment Brigade.
    on June 11, 2013 Source: The Leaf Chronicle

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