from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Expressed or performed with emphasis: responded with an emphatic "no.”
- adj. Forceful and definite in expression or action.
- adj. Standing out in a striking and clearly defined way.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Characterized by emphasis.
- adj. Stated with conviction.
- adj. belonging to set of English tense forms comprising the auxiliary verb do + an infinitive without to
- adj. of obstruent consonants in Semitic languages.
- n. an emphatic consonant
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Uttered with emphasis; made prominent and impressive by a peculiar stress of voice; laying stress; deserving of stress or emphasis; forcible; impressive; strong
- adj. Striking the sense; attracting special attention; impressive; forcible.
- adj. Forceful and definite in expression or action; -- of statements, actions, or sections of documents.
- adj. Sudden and strong; -- of statements.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Uttered, or to be uttered, with emphasis or stress of voice: as, the emphatic words in a sentence.
- Forcibly significant; expressive; impressive: as, an emphatic gesture.
- Synonyms Expressive, earnest, energetic, striking.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. forceful and definite in expression or action
- adj. sudden and strong
- adj. spoken with emphasis
Medieval Latin emphaticus, from Greek emphatikos, from emphainein, to exhibit, display; see emphasis.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek ἐμφατικός (emphatikos, "emphatic"), from Ancient Greek ἔμφασις (emphasis) (English emphasis), from ἐμφαίνω (emphainō, "I show, present"), from ἐν (en, "in") + φαίνω (phainō, "I shine, show"). (Wiktionary)