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I'm looking for a resource that will give connotative meanings (English) if one exists.

I found http://www.connotative.com/ but despite the footer showing 2013 the images lead me to believe its highly dated and the Products link doesn't even work. I tried One Look Reverse Dictionary from this question: Finding Words Through Meanings but it wasn't very effective at all.

Are there any websites such as Thesaurus.com but with additional notes about connotation and minor differences?

For example on Thesaurus.com Read and Scan are synonyms. But in use if I read something it means I read it entirely. If I scan something it is generally closer to skimming through it.

Are there any resources whether online or books dedicated to this topic so I could look up a word and have a more complete idea of what the minor differences in synonym usage is?

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I think this may be somewhat what you mean http://www.visuwords.com/ It can be a little difficult to use but sometimes comes up with some great words. I will occasionally check out a word and then look at the synonyms of its synonyms, but always use caution with the thesaurus and make sure the word is used correctly. Also connotations are subject to changes from colloquialism, vernacular, and/or cultures. Like here in New England things are "wicked good" and the connotation is positive but in other places wicked has a strong negative connotation.

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Really nice find. Bit complicated interface but looks very promising with a quick few searches! –  Ryan Feb 20 at 14:55

The best way to find out the connotation of a word is to ask a lot of users. There are many questions about connotation on the Stack Exchange site, English Language and Usage.

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