American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
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.
- 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. phonology of obstruent consonants in Semitic languages.
- n. phonology an emphatic consonant
GNU Webster's 1913
- 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.
- adj. forceful and definite in expression or action
- adj. sudden and strong
- adj. spoken with emphasis
- 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)
- Medieval Latin emphaticus, from Greek emphatikos, from emphainein, to exhibit, display; see emphasis. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Only slighly less annoying—and a by product of using emphasis too often—is what I call the emphatic emphasis: emphasizing a sentence or phrase with, for example, italics, and then emphasizing again a word within the phrase with bold, underlining, or caps.”
“Young finally ended the competition in emphatic fashion.”
“The Celtics bounced back from back-to-back losses in emphatic fashion, beating the Sacramento Kings 108-63 Sunday night in one of the most one-sided wins in franchise history.”
“I use the word emphatic rather than like because it is not always essential that we have to particularly warm to the company of thecharacters whose journey that we are watching on screen.”
“Indeed, so emphatic is his artistic and, with it, social affectation that, when the novel's title character calls him a cook, he takes this as an affront to his honor: 'I am Chevalier de Juillet,' said [Mirobolant] ..., slapping his breast, 'and he has insulted me ....”
“The Jaguars routed the Oakland Raiders 49-11 on Sunday, clinching a postseason spot in emphatic, yet quiet, fashion.”
“Host Germany took third in emphatic fashion behind Schweinsteiger's goals.”
“Led by their three-time MVP, Green Bay answered in emphatic fashion.”
“He gesticulated violently, and delivered himself in short, emphatic sentences, interlarded, I am sorry to say, with rather too many of those objectionable expletives that an ex-slave-overseer may be supposed to be addicted to.”
“Unless it is desired to make the phrase emphatic, or to break the continuity of the thought, the growing usage among writers is not to set it off.”
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