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  • He chose his possessions to connote wealth and superiority.
  • His voice was precise and monotonous; it connoted safety.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • Acapulco connoted deep-sea fishing, casinos, anxious rich women; and sierra madre meant gold, meant Treasure of the Sierra Madre, a movie he had seen eight times.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • Bombardier Skidoo was written on the side of the engine cowling facing him in black letters which had been raked backward, presumably to connote speed.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining

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  • The man before them was noble in appearance, and the shadows played across the planes of his face in a way that made their angles harden; his aspect connoted dignity.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • The word risk is a negative word in their vocabulary — it does not connote opportunity or excitement but rather the chance to waste money and time.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • There was a screen, connoting dying, around Johnny’s bed.
    Betty Smith  --  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • It was the only time I’d ever heard someone ask, "Can you grab me the spoon?" as opposed to "a spoon," which at least connoted there was more than one.
    Sarah Dessen  --  This Lullaby
  • She had never in her life looked so much like the lily her name connoted as she did in that pallid morning light.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • main part of Homer’s design has been to tell a massive tale, to expand his main theme, throwing up unexpected diversions, obstacles, and side-stories until his account of the "Anger of Achilles" takes on all the weight and scope and dense detail that the word "epic" connotes.
    Homer  --  The Iliad

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  • Her eyes were set close together and her lips had the thinness that connotes a narrow mind and a mean spirit.
    Lisa See  --  Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
  • The turbulent voices, even Guy Pollock being connotative beside her, were nothing.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • He only said this to be cheery, he did not realize that "white" has no more to do with a colour than "God save the King" with a god, and that it is the height of impropriety to consider what it does connote.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • Another word with approximately the same meaning, pity (French,pitie; Italian,pieta; etc.), connotes a certain condescension towards the sufferer.
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • There had been a germ of truth in his declaration to Gerty Farish that he had never wanted to marry a "nice" girl: the adjective connoting, in his cousin’s vocabulary, certain utilitarian qualities which are apt to preclude the luxury of charm.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • …in their playtime, or with lesson-books to be conned; emblems of a past that had sunk down and well-nigh vanished under the earth, that lay by the water’s edge now, like an idler taking the air, yet giving me strong food for thought, making the name of Combray connote to me not the little town of to-day only, but an historic city vastly different, seizing and holding my imagination by the remote, incomprehensible features which it half-concealed beneath a spangled veil of buttercups.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • The phrase itself connoted bruises.
    Nora Roberts  --  Summer Pleasures
  • Nobody as yet had really acknowledged to himself what the disease connoted.
    Albert Camus  --  The Plague
  • But /as mad as a March hare/ is English, and connotes insanity, not mere anger.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • You mustn’t hum when you eat-not that animals do-for it connotes a certain primitive idiocy.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • He misliked the very word "interesting," connoting it with wasted energy and even with morbidity.
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • If you like granite, you might like the house; but even if you don’t, "granite" certainly doesn’t connote a fixer-upper.
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • But I am terribly glad to be alive; and when I have wit enough to think about it, terribly proud to be a man and an American, with all the rights and privileges that those words connote; and most of all I am humble before the responsibilities that are also mine.
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe
  • Toohey had written: # "Greatness is an exaggeration, and like all exaggerations of dimension it connotes at once the necessary corollary of emptiness.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • And now the cup, the ring and two unironed waiter’s aprons at home were the only concrete objects left to connote that a man had once lived.
    Betty Smith  --  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • To an Englishman the word connotes sweetness, and so, if he be of the lower orders, he may apply [Pg130] it to his sweetheart.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • SEVERAL HOURS later when Ariane crossed the green to sign the nurses’ muster sheet, her face was red and her hair disheveled in a fashion that connoted neither the pressing-down of sleep nor the action of the wind, but something quite different.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • /His/, after a noun or pronoun connoting both sexes, often sounds inept, and /his-or-her/ is intolerably clumsy.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • If you or someone you love is named Cindy or Brenda and is over, say, forty, and feels that those names did not formerly connote a low-education family, you are right.
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • It is not only used as a general synonym for all adjectives and adverbs connoting satisfaction, as in /to feel good/, /to be treated good/, /to sleep good/, but also as a reinforcement to other adjectives and adverbs, as in "I hit him /good/ and hard" and "I am /good/ and tired."
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • /Funny/ connotes the whole range of the unusual; /hard/ indicates every shade of difficulty; /nice/ is everything satisfactory; /bully/ is a superlative of almost limitless scope.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • (Some translate "wrath" to connote its archaic severity, and Robert Graves carried this logic to the end in titling his translation "The Wrath of Achilles.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • …me in the country; a memory which I had retained, but kept out of sight, because, since I had seen Gilberte again, Swann had become to me pre-eminently her father, and no longer the Combray Swann; as the ideas which, nowadays, I made his name connote were different from the ideas in the system of which it was formerly comprised, which I utilised not at all now when I had occasion to think of him, he had become a new, another person; still I attached him by an artificial thread,…
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • Literature is a sort of picture—a sort of picture or mirror. It connotes at once passion, expression, fine criticism, good learning, and a document.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Poor Folk
  • John, the oldest, in Yale, had elected to become a man of letters, and, in the meantime, ran his own automobile with the corresponding standard of living such ownership connoted in the college town of New Haven.
    Jack London  --  Michael, Brother of Jerry
  • For "man," or "white" does not express the idea of "when"; but "he walks," or "he has walked" does connote time, present or past.
    Aristotle  --  The Poetics of Aristotle
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