Questions tagged [connotation]

For questions regarding the associated or underlying meaning of a word, in addition to its primary definition.

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Difference between the prefixes “pre” and “ante”?

Thinking of the words "precedent" and "antecedent" led me to this question. They seem to mean almost exactly the same thing in their more general usages, but "antecedent" ...
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Can the phrase “once more” be a noun in American English?

Can the phrase "once more" be a noun in American English? I'm wondering if it can, as the two Japanese online dictionaries I'm using for my translation of 今一度 both say that the entry, -which only ...
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Does “asinine” connote *willful* ignorance?

As a native English speaker, I've always been under the impression that "asinine" has a connotation of willful ignorance, or arrogance, on the part of the person so described. For instance, some of ...
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Erstwhile - connotations

This question asks about the positive or negative connotations of the word erstwhile. Erstwhile means former by dictionary definition and as discussed and mentioned on this English Language & ...
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Connotation of a sentence in a listening material from TPO

(Here for the original audio source (MP3 file). The part in question begins approximately at 2'18'') This conversation is an excerpt from one listening material in a TPO (TOEFL Practice Online) test, ...
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Meaning of “dismay”

What is the exact meaning of dismay? Is it close to shock and surprise? Or is it closer to disappointment and unhappiness? Or does it mean embarrassment? When I looked the word up in the ...
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Does the word “glitz” have a negative connotation?

On Google, it is defined as something "extravagant but superficial display", or "to make something glamorous or showy". That doesn't sound negative to me; however, other sources make it sound as if it'...
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Meaning of “laughing string” in a Yeats poem

Does anyone know the meaning of ‘laughing string’ in these lines by Yeats? Bred to a harder thing Than Triumph, turn away And like a laughing string Whereon mad fingers play Amid a place ...
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Whats a word to call a person who is involuntarily used?

In an interaction, one person uses another against their will. Is there a word (n) to refer to that person? Ex. Person A trips and grabs on to Person B, a stranger, in order to not fall to the ground. ...
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Is “persuasive techniques” or “persuasion techniques” more grammatically correct?

I've tried looking this up on various sources. Wikipedia has a category called Persuasion Techniques. However a couple of different Google searches for "persuasive techniques" and "...
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solo photo – what would be understood by this?

It's an error message that should signal that in the provided photo there is more than 1 person and the user should upload a photo where they are alone. Can I use in this context the word "solo&...
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Love of Home and Friends—like the ridge behind a Bunker! (Meaning)

I'm translating a fable by George Ade called "The Fable of the Visitor Who Got a Lot for Three Dollars." In the following extract, the phrenologist is telling his customer how he is based on ...
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I need a word to that means something similar to “marvel” or “savor”

For reference, here is the sentence: The world was beautiful and I was too busy running to _____ it. For context, the character is on the run and notices the beauty but doesn't get to ____.
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Connotation origin/usage: “self care” along the lines of “Treat yo self” and “#selfcare”

How has the idea of "taking care of yourself, for yourself (your own pleasure), and no other reason" à la the phrases/terms "self care" and "#selfcare" and "treat yo self" developed over time? "self ...
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Nuances of when the word “once” should/shouldn't be used as a conjunction (referring to single events vs. an interval after a a starting point)

I have a coworker who is a non-native English speaker (not that this matters... sometimes he corrects my errors!) and used the word once in a way that seemed awkward to me. It was something like the ...
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“I Loved You” V. “You Were Loved By Me”?

As a native speaker of English, I may think it is easy. But, sometimes I make silly mistakes, since the language makes practically no sense (in an exaggerative sense). As I may say "Let's get ...
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What is the difference in meaning of 'monstrousness/monstrous' and 'monstrosity'?

I wondered if someone could tell me what the difference in meaning is of 'monstrousness' and 'monstrosity'? I looked up the definitions and this is what I found: monstrous 1. frightful or ...