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When an X word has a connotation, denotation, and an association, what is the difference between the three? Please provide some examples.This message has been edited. Last edited by: Izzy loves you all,
A connotation makes you think of something other than just what the meaning of the word is. It can be positive or negative.
For example, the word crusade is neutral in meaning for most English speakers, but it has a negative connotation for most Muslims.
A denotation means a symbol or representation of something else. For example, if I look at a road sign that has a picture of a deer on it, the denotation is that (it denotes that) this is a place in the road where deer often cross the road, so drivers should be careful and look out for deer trying to cross.
An association can mean many things, but one in particular is a connection or relationship with something. For example, That lawyer is not respected by the legal community because of his alleged association with organized crime, even perhaps with the Mafia.