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Connotation

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8 March 2009

Comparison and Contrast of Complacency and Happiness

There are many similar textual layers in the words complacency and happiness that it is easy to confuse the use of either word for the other . However , although the words share almost identical meanings according to their explicit definitions there is a big world of difference between the two words taking into account their connotation and context . The strict definition of words is arguably permanent but the connotation to or at least attendant in every word

is not fixed . Connotation varies from generation to generation and changes from across different cultures of the same language . As such , there are gradual changes in the usage of the word from the way it was used before when a word has undergone a sort of social redefinition according perhaps to the popularity of its use

Complacency and happiness are similar in the sense that both words capture the emotional states of contentment , ease , laxity and the feelings of achievement , security , serenity and pleasure . Complacency as explicitly defined means : self-satisfaction especially when accompanied by unawareness of actual dangers or deficiencies (Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary . Happiness , on the other hand , is defined strictly as a state of well-being and contentment joy or a pleasurable or satisfying experience (Webster-Webster Online Dictionary . The loose interpretation of the definition of both words permits the conclusion that complacency and happiness are words that stem from a common mental state of contentment . Contentment means a condition wherein...

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