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    Jacob

    what is a negative connotation?

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    Implied negativity.

    It can be how someone is dressed, how they speak, what their face looks like, or what they do.

    His dirty clothing was a negative connotation at the job interview.

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    With words, it means you have a negative association with it.

    For example, "agreeable" has a positive connotation, but "sycophantic" has a negative connotation.

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    Re: Jacob

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    With words, it means you have a negative association with it.

    For example, "agreeable" has a positive connotation, but "sycophantic" has a negative connotation.
    Good example There are lots of such pairs; as another example "boyish", "puerile": 'He has a certain boyish charm, I suppose, but I can't stand his puerile jokes'. [Thinks... I wonder if the more formal word is always the one with negative connotations, as with "sycophantic" and "puerile".... I'll have to save this thought for the holidays!]

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