Word of the Day Challenge #3 for Week of 21 April: denotation vs connotation

Law has different meanings depending on who uses it and how it is used.

The denotation of a word is the literal meaning. The denotation of law is the system of rules that a particular country or community recognizes as regulating the actions of its members and may enforce by the imposition of penalties

The connotation of a word is an idea or feeling the word gives. Connotations can be positive, neutral, or negative.

1. Luckily the law arrived and the gang took off.
2. The bully said, “My word is law around here.”
3. The laws are made to keep the peace.


A. Identify the connotation of the word law in each blue sentence as positive, neutral, or negative. Explain your choice (refer to other words as context clues). 

B. Explain the denotation of the word law in the context of each sentence.


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