an idea or feeling that a word invokes in addition to its literal or primary meaning.
"the word “discipline” has unhappy connotations of punishment and repression"
synonymsvertone, undertone, undercurrent, implication, hidden meaning, nuance, hint, echo, vibrations, association, intimation, suggestion, suspicion, insinuation
"there was a connotation of distrust in his voice"
the abstract meaning or intension of a term, which forms a principle determining which objects or concepts it applies to.