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Denotation - Glossary of Terms


Denotation

Denotation is the literal meaning of a word; whereas, "connotation" is a further understanding of the word's "denotation".

Example:

She's a real woman. / She's a real lady. / She's a real babe.

These all share the same "denotation" (i.e., they all denote an adult female), but the connotations (further understandings) are very different.
  
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