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Connote vs. Denote — What's the Difference?

Connote vs. Denote — What's the Difference?

Difference Between Connote and Denote

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Connote

(of a word) imply or suggest (an idea or feeling) in addition to the literal or primary meaning
The term ‘modern science’ usually connotes a complete openness to empirical testing
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Denote

To mark; indicate
A frown that denoted increasing impatience.
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Connote

To suggest or imply in addition to literal meaning
The word "lion" denotes a kind of wild cat but connotes courage and dignity.
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Denote

To serve as a symbol or name for the meaning of; signify
A flashing yellow light denotes caution.
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Connote

To have as a related or attendant condition
For a political leader, hesitation is apt to connote weakness.
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Denote

To signify directly; refer to specifically
The word "river" denotes a moving body of water and connotes such things as the relentlessness of time and the changing nature of life.
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Connote

(transitive) To signify beyond its literal or principal meaning.
Racism often connotes an underlying fear or ignorance.
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Denote

(transitive) To indicate; to mark.
The yellow blazes denote the trail.
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Connote

(transitive) To possess an inseparable related condition; to imply as a logical consequence.
Poverty connotes hunger.
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Denote

(transitive) To make overt. en
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Connote

(intransitive) To express without overt reference; to imply.
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Denote

(transitive) To refer to literally; to convey as meaning.
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Connote

(intransitive) To require as a logical predicate to consequence.
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Denote

To mark out plainly; to signify by a visible sign; to serve as the sign or name of; to indicate; to point out; as, the hands of the clock denote the hour.
The better to denote her to the doctor.
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Connote

To mark along with; to suggest or indicate as additional; to designate by implication; to include in the meaning; to imply.
Good, in the general notion of it, connotes also a certain suitableness of it to some other thing.
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Denote

To be the sign of; to betoken; to signify; to mean.
A general expression to denote wickedness of every sort.
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Connote

To imply as an attribute.
The word "white" denotes all white things, as snow, paper, the foam of the sea, etc., and ipmlies, or as it was termed by the schoolmen, connotes, the attribute "whiteness."
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Denote

Be a sign or indication of;
Her smile denoted that she agreed
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Connote

Express or state indirectly
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Denote

Have as a meaning;
`multi-' denotes `many'
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Connote

Involve as a necessary condition of consequence; as in logic;
Solving the problem is predicated on understanding it well
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Denote

Make known; make an announcement;
She denoted her feelings clearly
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