Example sentences for: denotation

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  • Then, too, there have been the campaigners who have gone to what some regard as opposite extremes: if the head of a committee is known to be a man or a woman, then chairman or chairwoman must surely be the proper denotation; if the sex of the person is not known, then chairperson , though awkward-sounding, is the preferred form.

  • That is, if you are going to say something about people, then avoid using the word man (for example) because, regardless of the ancillary definitions one might find in the dictionary, in its most common meaning and use it denotes `male' and the strong connotations of that denotation are carried over to all other applications of the word: it is not, in fact, as neutral as some believe it to be.

  • Then, at about the same time when colored was anathematized (despite the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, which has still not changed its name), black was legislated by that community of speakers to supplant Negro and colored, though I cannot recall any riders requiring a capital B . ( Cape Colored —or, more properly, Coloured —is retained in South Africa with a specific denotation of a “person of mixed European and African or Malayan ancestry” [ RHD Unabridged ], in which one must read White for “European” and dark-skinned for “African or Malayan.”

  • Vulgar still carries the strong denotation exemplified in the first (hence the most frequently encountered) sense, “characterized by ignorance of or lack of good breeding or taste: vulgar ostentation .” It has congeners, like vulgarian “a vulgar person”; vulgarism “ 1. the state or quality of being vulgar.

  • Well, it means that in the culture of these other languages, the denotation of family relationships is more important than it is in English.


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