Denotation and Connotation The denotation of a word or phrase is its meaning. The connotation of a word or phrase is the association or feeling it brings to mind. Authors choose words that have posi

Denotation and Connotation

 The denotation of a word or phrase is its meaning. 

The connotation of a word or phrase is the association or feeling it brings to mind. Authors choose words that have positive, negative, or neutral connotations. The connotation of words can help you understand an author’s purpose and tone. 

Word         Denotation/Meaning          Connotation/Feeling 

gaze   to see or look at    positive 

 watch    to see or look at   neutral 

glare      to see or look at   negative 

Connotation in Context 

Think about the connotation of the word glowing.

 “A meteor had just vaporized, leaving a glowing trail through the atmosphere.”

Why do you think Neil deGrasse Tyson used the word glowing instead of lighted? Tyson may have used the word glowing instead of lighted because_______________________________________________

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Identify Connotation 

Decide whether each underlined word has a (A) positive, (B) negative, or (C) neutral connotation. 

1. Scientists are eager to learn more about Mars. _____

2. Researchers have spotted dark streaks on the surface of Mars.______

 3. The lack of progress on the project irritated the engineer.________

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