Denotation: The strict, literal, dictionary definition of a word, devoid of any emotion, attitude, or color. See Connotation.


1. Good noght, sweet prince, and flights of angels sing thee to thy rest

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The denotation of this example is a red rose with a green stem.

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The connotation is a symbol of love and affection, not in the way of a rose, but a symbol of true love.