Synonym Comparison: Both denote and connote tell what something means, but denote is a better choice when telling explicitly. For example, the "equal sign" denotes that "what is on the left side of it is equal to what is one the right side of it". In contrast, connote is the better choice when implying meaning. For example, devour connotes something very different than eat.
He said three failures denote uncommon strength since a weakling would have given up before trying the third time.
Minna Thomas Antrim
If lawyers are disbarred and clergymen defrocked, doesn’t it follow that electricians can be delighted, musicians denoted?
Words denote concepts.
She felt sorry for middle-aged matrons who after much analysis discovered that the seat of their anxiety was in their seats; she felt sorry for persons who called their fathers My Old Man, denoting that they were raffish, probably boozy ineffective creatures who had disappointed their children dreadfully and unforgivably somewhere along the line.
Harper Lee -- Go Set a Watchman
Bright green lines denoted the buildings, allowing viewers to see inside; it reminded Mae of heat-reading visual displays.
Dave Eggers -- The Circle
He crudely referred to the comfort girl as chosen-pi, a base anatomical slur which also denoted her Koreanness.
Chang-rae Lee -- A Gesture Life
That they should be punished just as if they had killed a white man, and punishment of a white man for a wrong done to a black man would denote equality.
Mildred D. Taylor -- Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
He noted the silver bar on her shoulder denoting her rank as a first lieutenant.
David Baldacci -- Zero Day
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I make flutters with my eyelids denoting an urgent need for sleep.
William Styron -- Sophie’s Choice
The second one makes a twirling motion beside his ear, with his finger, denoting craziness.
Margaret Atwood -- Cat’s Eye
Lightning rods guarding some graves denoted dead who rested uneasily; stumps of burned-out candles stood at the heads of infant graves.
Harper Lee -- To Kill a Mockingbird
But this denoted a foregone conclusion: ’tis a shrewd doubt, though it be but a dream.
William Shakespeare -- Othello, the Moor of Venice
"Taps" denoted the end of the day.
Wes Moore -- The Other Wes Moore
She said nothing, her eyes red-rimmed, denoting deep alarm, as she climbed into the ambulance with his sweater grasped tightly in her fist.
James McBride -- The Color of Water
A murky red and yellow sky, and a rising mist from the Seine, denoted the approach of darkness.
Charles Dickens -- A Tale of Two Cities
We were, as we believed, many hundred miles from any land; but this apparition seemed to denote that it was not, in reality, so distant as we had supposed.
Mary Shelley -- Frankenstein
Hold thy desperate hand: Art thou a man? thy form cries out thou art; Thy tears are womanish; thy wild acts denote The unreasonable fury of a beast; Unseemly woman in a seeming man!
William Shakespeare -- Romeo and Juliet
Enthroned there under his hat, he observed our household through his un-glasses and swished the animal-tail fly swatter that denoted his station in life.
Barbara Kingsolver -- The Poisonwood Bible
He considered that there was denoted a lack of purpose on the part of the generals.
Stephen Crane -- The Red Badge of Courage
A clump of scrubby trees, such as alone grew on the peninsula, did not so much conceal the cottage from view, as seem to denote that here was some object which would fain have been, or at least ought to be, concealed.
Nathaniel Hawthorne -- The Scarlet Letter
The sound conveyed no shock or censure, it was merely a vocal punctuation mark, denoting the acceptance of a fact.
Ayn Rand -- Atlas Shrugged
I said this laughing: I perceived that Bessie’s glance, though it expressed regard, did in no shape denote admiration.
Charlotte Bronte -- Jane Eyre
By using the number denoting the specific impulse, calculations can be made to determine the exhaust velocity of a rocket and ultimately its overall performance.
Homer Hickam -- October Sky
Originally known as the Wind Rose, it denoted the directions of the thirty-two winds, blowing from the directions of eight major winds, eight half-winds, and sixteen quarter-winds.
Dan Brown -- The Da Vinci Code
At first sight, nothing denoted the cardinal; and it was impossible for those who did not know his face to guess in whose presence they were.
Alexandre Dumas -- The Three Musketeers
Ned Land put in, his tone denoting reservations.
Jules Verne -- Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
The expanded chest, full formed limbs, and grave countenance of this warrior, would denote that he had reached the vigor of his days, though no symptoms of decay appeared to have yet weakened his manhood.
James Fenimore Cooper -- The Last of the Mohicans
His motions plainly denoted his extreme exhaustion.
Herman Melville -- Moby Dick
The words chance and genius do not denote any really existing thing and therefore cannot be defined.
Leo Tolstoy -- War and Peace
On this point she was soon satisfied; and two or three little circumstances occurred ere they parted, which, in her anxious interpretation, denoted a recollection of Jane not untinctured by tenderness, and a wish of saying more that might lead to the mention of her, had he dared.
Jane Austen -- Pride and Prejudice
* Belay is a climbing terrn that denotes the act of securing a rope to safeguard one’s companions as they climb.
Jon Krakauer -- Into Thin Air
They owed to him their two or three politest puzzles; and the joy and exultation with which at last he recalled, and rather sentimentally recited, that well-known charade, My first doth affliction denote, Which my second is destin’d to feel And my whole is the best antidote That affliction to soften and heal.
Jane Austen -- Emma
Some were red, and some of a green colour, which I supposed to denote various degrees of ripeness.
Johann Wyss -- The Swiss Family Robinson
Thus they denote the folly of a servant, an omission of a child, a stone that cuts their feet, a continuance of foul or unseasonable weather, and the like, by adding to each the epithet of Yahoo.
Jonathan Swift -- Gulliver’s Travels
Peggotty, who was also looking back on the other side, seemed anything but satisfied; as the face she brought back in the cart denoted.
Charles Dickens -- David Copperfield
"Yes, your Excellency," replied the Jew, who spoke the language with that peculiar lisp which denotes Eastern origin, "I and Reuben Goldstein met a tall Englishman, on the road, close by here this evening."
Baroness Orczy -- The Scarlet Pimpernel
And with that inward laugh which denotes certainty, he added:— "A lass."
Victor Hugo -- Les Miserables
Andrea seized the certificate of his father’s marriage and his own baptismal register, and after having opened them with all the eagerness which might be expected under the circumstances, he read them with a facility which proved that he was accustomed to similar documents, and with an expression which plainly denoted an unusual interest in the contents.
Alexandre Dumas -- The Count of Monte Cristo
The houses on either side were high and large, but very old, and tenanted by people of the poorest class: as their neglected appearance would have sufficiently denoted, without the concurrent testimony afforded by the squalid looks of the few men and women who, with folded arms and bodies half doubled, occasionally skulked along.
Charles Dickens -- Oliver Twist
How did he elucidate the mystery of an invisible attractive person, his wife Marion (Molly) Bloom, denoted by a visible splendid sign, a lamp?
James Joyce -- Ulysses
Well the heart here denotes the feminine in man is as that piteous woman, and hard tho’ it be, she must here be ruled out.
Herman Melville -- Billy Budd
Mrs. Pegler’s cup, rattling against her saucer as she held it, denoted some nervousness on her part.
Charles Dickens -- Hard Times
There was, at times, a want of spirits about him which, if it did not denote indifference, spoke of something almost as unpromising.
Jane Austen -- Sense and Sensibility
Those asterisks denote the passage of time.
Robert Cormier -- After the First Death
We found two and thirty men dead in the field of battle; some were slain with long arrows, which we found sticking in their bodies; & the rest were killed with great unwieldy wooden swords, which denoted their vast strength, and of which we found seventeen, besides bows and arrows: but we could not find one wounded creature among them alive; for they either kill their enemies quite, or carry those wounded away with them.
Daniel Defoe -- Robinson Crusoe
She had inherited the feature from her mother without the quality it denoted.
Thomas Hardy -- Tess of the d’Urbervilles
Anon, there was an encounter, just at the door-step, betwixt two laboring men, as their rough voices denoted them to be.
Nathaniel Hawthorne -- The House of the Seven Gables
The History Of Livy, denotes the Writer; but the History Of Scanderbeg, is denominated from the subject.