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  • adj. emphatic

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Same as emphatic.
  • Apparent; obvious.


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  • St. Chrysostom on this occasion made a pathetic discourse on the vanity and treachery of human things, the emptiness and falsehood of which he could not find a word emphatical enough to express.

    The Lives of the Fathers, Martyrs, and Principal Saints January, February, March

  • Her “warmth was natural” and her “words emphatical”: “‘Are you an antifederalist she began’—I laughed—‘yes you are’—and she reasoned against me most beautifully—it was fun indeed.”


  • And as a remedy for this fatal evil he is everywhere peculiarly emphatical in his encomiums on the habeas corpus act, which in one place he calls "the BULWARK of the British Constitution."


  • Such were the pleasures which regaled the reflections of Cecilia when, in her way home, having got out of her chair to walk through the upper part of Oxford Street, she was suddenly met by the old gentleman whose emphatical addresses to her had so much excited her astonishment.


  • But whether any one will take space to be only a relation resulting from the existence of other beings at a distance; or whether they will think the words of the most knowing King Solomon, “The heaven, and the heaven of heavens, cannot contain thee”; or those more emphatical ones of the inspired philosopher St. Paul, “In him we live, move, and have our being,” are to be understood in a literal sense,

    An Essay Concerning Human Understanding

  • Now if the Iceni were but Gammadims, Anconians, or men that lived in an angle, wedge, or elbow of Britain, according to the original etymology, this country will challenge the emphatical appellation, as most properly making the elbow or iken of

    Hydriotaphia, or Urn-burial

  • Such an offender is, as regards society, a most emphatical and refractory Snob.

    The Book of Snobs

  • “My daughter receives not company so early, noble captain,” said the usurer, and concluded his speech with a dry, emphatical

    The Fortunes of Nigel

  • He then used this emphatical expression of the misery which he felt: ‘I would consent to have a limb amputated to recover my spirits.’

    The Life of Samuel Johnson LL.D.

  • Huge Gothic piles, indeed, exhibit a characteristic sublimity, and a wildness of fancy peculiar to the period when they were erected; but size, without grandeur or elegance, has an emphatical stamp of meanness, of poverty of conception, which only a commercial spirit could give.

    Letters written during a short residence in Sweden, Norway and Denmark


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