What is Negative Connotation? - Definition & Examples


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Which word in the following sentence has a negative connotation? The salesman offered them a cheap alternative to the more upscale dishwasher that they first considered.

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1. Which word best completes the sentence and avoids a negative connotation? Bruce introduced his family to his new girlfriend, a tall, _____ woman with dark hair.

2. Thomas wants to revise this sentence to get rid of any negative connotation: 'There was a strong odor coming from the kitchen where Maria was baking a pie.' Which word should he change?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Word choice can have a powerful effect on a sentence's meaning, even when words have similar meanings. This combination quiz and worksheet will test you on some common words that have negative connotations, asking you to identify words with such connotations and substitute better ones.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These assessments cover the following topics:

  • Identifying words with negative connotations
  • Choosing words without negative connotations
  • Suggestions for replacing words with negative connotations

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet use the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on negative connotation
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding how to edit a sentence to remove a negative connotation
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer a question about the use of words with similar meanings

Additional Learning

Enrich your understanding of words with different meanings using the lesson titled, What is Negative Connotation? - Definition & Examples, which covers the following:

  • The difference between denotation and connotation
  • An example of how word choice can change a story's tone
  • Alternative words to use to avoid negative connotation