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  • He chose his possessions to connote wealth and superiority.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • He misliked the very word "interesting," connoting it with wasted energy and even with morbidity.
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • 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
  • 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
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-ive" converts a word into an adjective; though over time, what was originally an adjective often comes to be used as a noun. The adjective pattern means tending to and is seen in words like attractive, impressive, and supportive. Examples of the noun include narrative, alternative, and detective.)
  • 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
  • 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
  • The phrase itself connoted bruises.
    Nora Roberts  --  Summer Pleasures
  • 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
  • Nobody as yet had really acknowledged to himself what the disease connoted.
    Albert Camus  --  The Plague
  • His voice was precise and monotonous; it connoted safety.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

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