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    So as in "luxurious" really makes you immediately think of wealth and indulgence... The word itself sounds "luxurious". Not exactly onomatopoeic but something like that?
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    http://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/luxury
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    ostentatious - maybe
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    (Original post by MelissaRB)
    So as in "luxurious" really makes you immediately think of wealth and indulgence... The word itself sounds "luxurious". Not exactly onomatopoeic but something like that?
    I believe the word you're searching for is adjective.
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    I mean a grammatical term for a word that conjures up strong imagery of it's meaning. If there even is a term like that As in onomatopoeia means a word that sounds like it's action but I don't think I could call "luxury" onomatopoeic
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    Opulence?
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    (Original post by MelissaRB)
    I mean a grammatical term for a word that conjures up strong imagery of it's meaning. If there even is a term like that As in onomatopoeia means a word that sounds like it's action but I don't think I could call "luxury" onomatopoeic
    It reminds me of "inscape", a term coined by poet Gerard Manley Hopkins. I know exactly what you mean and I think there is a more common term but I can't think of it just now.
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    (Original post by Gaeilgeoir)
    It reminds me of "inscape", a term coined by poet Gerard Manley Hopkins. I know exactly what you mean and I think there is a more common term but I can't think of it just now.
    Lol not being able to remember this word is making me go crazy! Glad you know what I mean, though
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    I can't think of an exact term for it but this might be interesting for you - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sound_symbolism

    edit- maybe 'ideophone'?
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    (Original post by blu tack)
    I can't think of an exact term for it but this might be interesting for you - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sound_symbolism

    edit- maybe 'ideophone'?
    Ooh! Ideophone rings a bell! Could I say "luxurious" is an ideophone? As it's strong connotations with luxurious objects create visual imagery?
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    I'm not sure there is a word

    Also wtf at the people suggesting 'opulence' etc, clearly that isn't the question...

    P.S. it's 'As its strong connotations with luxurious objects...' not 'as it's strong connotations'. I wouldn't normally correct grammar on here ('tis the interweb, after all) but you used it a few times suggesting that's what you always do, and I guess you're writing an essay or something so want your grammar to be correct :P.
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    (Original post by ily_em)
    I'm not sure there is a word

    Also wtf at the people suggesting 'opulence' etc, clearly that isn't the question...

    P.S. it's 'As its strong connotations with luxurious objects...' not 'as it's strong connotations'. I wouldn't normally correct grammar on here ('tis the interweb, after all) but you used it a few times suggesting that's what you always do, and I guess you're writing an essay or something so want your grammar to be correct :P.
    I was just about to edit that lol Sorry, I'm a bit tired
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    (Original post by MelissaRB)
    Ooh! Ideophone rings a bell! Could I say "luxurious" is an ideophone? As it's strong connotations with luxurious objects create visual imagery?
    Hmm actually I'm not sure.. reading the wikipedia of ideophone it seems to suggest they are more onomatopoeic-y than what you are aiming for. 'Iconism', from the other article fits better I think.
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    (Original post by MelissaRB)
    I was just about to edit that lol Sorry, I'm a bit tired
    Sorry then!

    btw ideophone looks good from the wikipedia summary of it, though I've never heard of it before. I don't think it's that commonly used so you could get away with not using it and describing what you mean instead, but if you want to, it seems like a good match.
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    (Original post by MelissaRB)
    I mean a grammatical term for a word that conjures up strong imagery of it's meaning. If there even is a term like that As in onomatopoeia means a word that sounds like it's action but I don't think I could call "luxury" onomatopoeic
    The nearest I can think of is connotation :/ Although that's more to do with the symbolic meanings of words eg: lillies - death.
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    could it be "mimesis"?
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    (Original post by ily_em)
    I'm not sure there is a word

    Also wtf at the people suggesting 'opulence' etc, clearly that isn't the question...

    P.S. it's 'As its strong connotations with luxurious objects...' not 'as it's strong connotations'. I wouldn't normally correct grammar on here ('tis the interweb, after all) but you used it a few times suggesting that's what you always do, and I guess you're writing an essay or something so want your grammar to be correct :P.
    Sorry if this is off topic but my own grammar is bad and I'm always up for being corrected.

    I always thought it's can mean "it is" as well as "it has" so wouldn't "as it's [it has] strong connotations..." make sense?
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    (Original post by ily_em)
    Sorry then!

    btw ideophone looks good from the wikipedia summary of it, though I've never heard of it before. I don't think it's that commonly used so you could get away with not using it and describing what you mean instead, but if you want to, it seems like a good match.
    Oh right! It's for my AS English Lit coursework - should I just describe it at this level?
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    I don't think there is a word.
    It's simply a case that a word can be phonetically self-suggestive.
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    (Original post by MelissaRB)
    I mean a grammatical term for a word that conjures up strong imagery of it's meaning. If there even is a term like that As in onomatopoeia means a word that sounds like it's action but I don't think I could call "luxury" onomatopoeic
    Connotational imagry? I don't even know if that makes sense. :teehee:
 
 
 
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