uttered, or to be uttered, with emphasis; strongly expressive.
using emphasis in speech or action.
forceful; insistent: a big, emphatic man; I must be emphatic about this particular.
very impressive or significant; strongly marked; striking: the emphatic beauty of sunset.
clearly or boldly outlined: It stands, like a great, stone dagger, emphatic against the sky.
Grammar. of or pertaining to a form used to add emphasis, especially, in English, stressed auxiliary do in affirmative statements, as in He did call you or I do like it.
Phonetics. having a secondary velar articulation, as certain dental consonants in Arabic.
an emphatic consonant.

1700–10; < Greek emphatikós indicative, forceful, equivalent to *emphat(ós) (em- em-2 + phatós, variant of phantós visible, equivalent to phan-, stem of phaínesthai to appear + -tos adj. suffix) + -ikos -ic

emphatically, adverb
emphaticalness, noun
unemphatic, adjective
unemphatically, adverb

3. positive, energetic, forcible, pronounced, decided, unequivocal, definite.

3. weak.
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emphatic (ɪmˈfætɪk)
1.  expressed, spoken, or done with emphasis
2.  forceful and positive; definite; direct: an emphatic personality
3.  sharp or clear in form, contour, or outline
4.  important or significant; stressed: the emphatic points in an argument
5.  phonetics denoting certain dental consonants of Arabic that are pronounced with accompanying pharyngeal constriction
6.  phonetics an emphatic consonant, as used in Arabic
[C18: from Greek emphatikos expressive, forceful, from emphainein to exhibit, display, from phainein to show]

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Word Origin & History

1708, from Gk. emphatikos, variant of emphantikos, from emphan- (see emphasis). Related: Emphatically.
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Example sentences
His mournful words elicit emphatic shouts of release from the dancers.
The more emphatic and nice you are, the better.
This menu always sounded particularly emphatic.
Her light tone proves effective without being overly emphatic.
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