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We had to fight the connotations that come with hip-hop, like gangs, shootings and drugs. People don’t see what a vibrant life force there is in hip-hop.
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connotations connotation
Strongly Associated with:   denotes, connotes
Standard suffix:  The suffix, "-tion" converts the verb connote to a noun.
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  • We had to fight the connotations that come with hip-hop, like gangs, shootings and drugs. People don’t see what a vibrant life force there is in hip-hop.
    James Buckley
  • They’re called shells, which is a slightly derogatory connotation on Luna, so …. well, bioelectrically challenged doesn’t sound much better, does it?"
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • The Count of Connotation.
    Norton Juster  --  The Phantom Tollbooth
  • I told you that was too primitive a word, without the correct connotations.
    Madeleine L’Engle  --  A Wrinkle in Time

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  • Evidently, crow-eating had connotations on the island which were literal as well as metaphorical.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • I don’t want to give it a larger connotation than it deserves, for Sophie and Nathan had fled faith.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • ’Partner’ has a positive connotation."
    Becca Fitzpatrick  --  Hush, Hush
  • To me the word has a negative connotation.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • Other words, again, were ambivalent, having the connotation ’good’ when applied to the Party and ’bad’ when applied to its enemies.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • That word, of course, has negative connotations these days.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers

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  • It was a new connotation to the word, a word that had meant many other things to my host.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • The men referred to him by a host of nicknames, including the Animal, the Big Flag, Little Napoleon, and, most often, the Bird, a name chosen be-cause it carried no negative connotation that could get the POWs beaten.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • This kind of cross carried none of the Christian connotations of crucifixion associated with the longer-stemmed Latin Cross, originated by Romans as a torture device.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • The word "Catholic" obviously had a negative connotation for Pastor Falk.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • I originally called it "The Best Failure Award," but failure has so many negative connotations that students couldn’t get past the word itself.
    Randy Pausch  --  The Last Lecture
  • They did not yet realize that such a blow had no more moral connotation than a nudge or a kick from an animal.
    Wladyslaw Szpilman  --  The Pianist
  • The word had connotations of dirt and slovenliness and dishonor.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • The way he looked carried so many powerful connotations that it stopped the normal process of thinking dead in its tracks.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • I would have wanted you for eternity, even when the word didn’t have quite the same connotations.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • Long before talisman had magical connotations, it had another meaning—"completion."
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • But the guy had no sense of connotation in bed.
    Julia Alvarez  --  How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
  • The word (for "father" was not so much obscene as–with its connotation of something at one remove from the loathsomeness and moral obliquity of child-bearing–merely gross, a scatological rather than a pornographic impropriety); the comically smutty word relieved what had become a quite intolerable tension.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • —The connotation of the word, Stephen said, is rather vague.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • When he came to New York, he was preceded by a small, private fame; a few trickles of rumor had seeped down from Harvard about an unusual person named Ellsworth Toohey; a few people, among the extreme intellectuals and the extremely wealthy, heard these rumors and promptly forgot what they heard, but remembered the name; it remained in their minds with a vague connotation of such things as brilliance, courage, idealism.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • Suddenly the word had a new and immediate connotation.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
  • Living off of beans is proper English, which brings with it the connotation of higher society, accepted standards, and the status quo.
    Sarah Dessen  --  This Lullaby
  • Lady Caroline answered him in short sentences spotted with the terminal "What?" the double-edged "Quite!" the depressing "Cheerio!" that always had a connotation of imminent peril, but Dick appeared oblivious to the warning signals.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • I didn’t even think before saying this, the connotation, what it would or wouldn’t convey.
    Sarah Dessen  --  The Truth About Forever
  • They had been diverted from their hereditary connotation to signify impressions for which Nature did not intend them.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • I promptly got hung up on what it meant in the literal sense (a blind alley in British/Irish English is a dead-end street, which has another set of connotations, some related and some not), and missed entirely what it "really" meant.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • Further, in addition to its "back fence" connotation, its suggestion of illicit gossip, of thrilling revelation, there is also, in the "whisper," the assumption (on the part of the reader) that the teller is on the inside, knows something others do not, and is going to be generous with this privileged information.
    Toni Morrison  --  The Bluest Eye
  • But Parry replied that the epithet is ornamental, being used of the earth also in The Odyssey (11.301), and need have no special connotation here.25 The problem for translators, then, is to know whether a given word is being used for effect and when it is more generic.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • Everything he did was to serve the Rodina (Motherland), a word that had mystical connotations to a Russian and, along with V. I. Lenin, was the Communist party’s substitute for a godhead.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • "The young man," he indicated the secretary with his thumb, and said young man as one says bell-boy, with no implication of youth, "has the usual muddled connotation of all popular words."
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • As in mastering a language, one had to learn not just the literal meanings of words but also their connotations, and to grasp those one had to know the politics and economic systems and histories of a place.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • Tom hummed a few bars of what was still known as Butterfield’s Lullaby but which the army would later know as "Taps" and which now had no connotation of death, which simply meant rest for the night, rest after a long day in the dust and the sun, with the bugles blaring, and Joshua Chamberlain, listening, thought of the sound of Butterfield’s Lullaby coming out of the dark, through a tent flap, with the campfires burning warm and red in the night, and Chamberlain thought: you can grow…
    Michael Shaara  --  The Killer Angels
  • And in these men, in the thick of whom Swann now found himself packed, there was nothing (even to the monocle which many of them wore, and which, previously, would, at the most, have enabled Swann to say that so-and-so wore a monocle) which, no longer restricted to the general connotation of a habit, the same in all of them, did not now strike him with a sense of individuality in each.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • That isn’t to say that I stopped connecting her with the highest and the best—taking her at her own word—with the courts of Europe, the Congress of Vienna, the splendor of family, and all kinds of profound and cultured things as hinted in her conduct and advertised in her speech—she’d call up connotations of the utmost importance, the imperial brown of Kaisers and rotogravures of capitals, the gloominess of deepest thought.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • Thus the U.S. initials with a dual connotation.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • to ask how somebody is, or the term phat, which has very positive connotations.
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
  • True, there’s a gold-rush connotation.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • The liturgy also uses it in its later Russian connotation of lust’ and Vice.’
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • "Project Elrond" had taken on a dark connotation throughout the Space Center, veiled in secrecy.
    Andy Weir  --  The Martian
  • The closest English equivalent would be ’incantation,’ but this has a number of incorrect connotations.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • BROWN (Can’t quite place the name but it has unpleasant connotations) Hombeck …. Hornbeck …. HORNBECK I am a newspaperman, bearing news.
    Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee  --  Inherit the Wind
  • As for /bug/, he restricts its use very rigidly to the /Cimex lectularius/, or common bed-bug, and hence the word has a highly impolite connotation.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • The mind-reaction was beginning to set-tle in, slowing down his chain of thought by seeming to increase the connotations of every idea and every bit of sensory input.
    Stephen King  --  The Gunslinger
  • Thus, the entire landscape, the whole physical background of his life, was now dappled by powerful prejudices of liking and distaste formed, God knows how, or by what intangible affinities of thought, feeling and connotation.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • On the contrary, it was better out there, incomparably more comfortable, by any criterion the most agreeable state of affairs that Hans Castorp could remember ever having tried out—a judgment from which he could not be dissuaded by some writer and Carbonaro who made malicious remarks with snide connotations about the "horizontal life."
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • As Hogan notes in his history of the chain, Selling ’cause by the Sack (1997), the founders of White Castle placed their grills in direct view of customers, claimed that fresh ground beef was delivered twice a day, chose a name with connotations of purity, and even sponsored an ex— periment at the University of Minnesota in which a medical student lived for thirteen weeks on "nothing but White Castle hamburgers and water."
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
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