Quote: “The denotation of a word is its literal definition; the one you find in a dictionary. The connotation, however, refers to the suggested meaning, including associations and emotional implications. Both ‘scrawny; and ‘slender’ have similar denotations, but ‘scrawny’ sounds inferior or sickly, while ‘slender’ evokes a more graceful or positive image. Understanding the connotations of words can enhance description, meaning and tone.”
Title: “Why Is Connotation Important in Fiction?” Brandi Reissenweber. The Writer (March 2012), 7.