connotation connotation  /ˌkɑ nə ˈteɪ ʃən/


  1. (n) what you must know in order to determine the reference of an expression
  2. (n) an idea that is implied or suggested

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  1. Americans may raise an eyebrow at men holding hands, but in the Arab world, affection among men is common, and without sexual connotation.
  2. What strikes him as distinctive about the latest incarnations is their lack of the warrior connotation that defined the Mohawk through history.
  3. The persons saying it has a sexual connotation couldn't be further from the truth.


  1. A Disco Ball Piñata and the KKK as Emerging Latino Art

    Fidel Castro, the KKK, and a disco ball piñata. Those are some of the themes in the minds of 37 emerging Latino and Latin American artists who are part of El Museo del Barrio 's biennial opening on Wednesday. A few of the pieces have some political connotation. Ignacio Lang, who is from Puerto Rico and lives in the East Village, is presenting a black Ku Klux Klan robe that he asked immigrants ...
    on June 12, 2013     Source: WNYC New York Public Radio

  2. State agency needs a name change

    By Bob Mensch and Jay Costa The term welfare is defined as the general well-being of an individual or group of individuals. However, when used in association with government services, the term has, unfortunately, developed a negative connotation.
    on June 10, 2013     Source:

  3. Ranking Mario Balotelli's Best 5 Moments for Both Club and Country

    Any ranking involving the mercurial Mario Balotelli will contain anything from the unbelievably bizarre to the shockingly entertaining. Let's take a route less traveled by the media this time—looking at some of Mario Balotelli 's best moments for both club and country. It's no secret that most Super Mario headlines come with a negative connotation questioning his very sanity or motive. Much has ...
    on June 10, 2013     Source: Bleacher Report


  1. "I recognize that around the world, 'Guantanamo,' when you say the word, has a negative connotation," Davis said. "One thing I hope is that in the way we conduct these proceedings, maybe we can change some of those attitudes."
    on Mar 24, 2007 By: Morris Davis Source: International Herald Tribune

  2. "Especially with everything with the steroids and performance-enhancing drugs, for me to be put out there in that light, I think it's just a negative connotation for me," Owens said during the fourth week of the team's voluntary offseason...
    on Jun 11, 2008 By: Terrell Owens Source: International Herald Tribune

  3. "I didn't hear his comments other than I thought we played a pretty good fourth quarter," Karl said. "Statistically and on film the fourth quarter was one of our better basketball performances. I don't quite comprehend the connotation other...
    on Apr 26, 2008 By: Coby Karl Source: International Herald Tribune

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