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de-emphasis

[dee-em-fuh-sis] /diˈɛm fə sɪs/
noun, plural de-emphases
[dee-em-fuh-seez] /diˈɛm fəˌsiz/ (Show IPA)
1.
a reduction in emphasis:
There has been de-emphasis on athletic activities at the school.
2.
the act or process of de-emphasizing.
3.
Electronics. a process of reducing the relative amplitude of certain frequencies in a signal that have been exaggerated by preemphasis, restoring the signal to its original form.
Also, deemphasis.
Origin
1935-1940
1935-40; de- + emphasis
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