Hi All
Has anyone run across an on line dictionary that state if the word has a positive or negative meaning to it? Second, if there is, is there one determines if an article is positive or negative? Thanks in Advance
Hi All Has anyone run across an on line dictionary that state if the word has a positive or negative meaning to it?

I've never heard of anyone doing so. It depends so much on context and intent, it would be hard to give a fixed label to every word.

However, you could try looking through here:
http://www.alt-usage-english.org/intro b.shtml#Wordlists

A couple of those entries lead to many more collections, so it will take you a while to exhaust the possibilities.
Second, if there is, is there one determines if an article is positive or negative?

Sorry, that doesn't quite make sense; perhaps you can try again. Do you mean "is there a way that"? When you say "article," do you mean the words "a, an, the"?

Best wishes Donna Richoux
Has anyone run across an on line dictionary that state if the word has a positive or negative meaning to it? Second, if there is, is there one determines if an article is positive or negative?

You may make faster progress if you look into
the differences between meaning as denotation
(e.g. black as a colour or absence of colour) and
connotation (e.g. black as darkness, evil, mystery etc.)

Don Phillipson
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(Ottawa, Canada)
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Hi All Has anyone run across an on line dictionary that state if the word has a positive or negative meaning to it?

I've never heard of anyone doing so. It depends so much on context and intent, it would be hard to give a fixed label to every word.

Dictionaries use the word "often" or "sometimes" to hedge their bets, saying things like "often pejorative" or "often deprecatory".
They also use tags like "nonstandard" and "colloquial".

Merriam-Webster's 11th Collegiate says of "ain't", "widely disapproved as nonstandard" but "flourishing in America".