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emphatic

[em-fat-ik] /ɛmˈfæt ɪk/
adjective
1.
uttered, or to be uttered, with emphasis; strongly expressive.
2.
using emphasis in speech or action.
3.
forceful; insistent:
a big, emphatic man; I must be emphatic about this particular.
4.
very impressive or significant; strongly marked; striking:
the emphatic beauty of sunset.
5.
clearly or boldly outlined:
It stands, like a great, stone dagger, emphatic against the sky.
6.
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.
7.
Phonetics. having a secondary velar articulation, as certain dental consonants in Arabic.
noun
8.
an emphatic consonant.
Origin
1700-1710
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
Related forms
emphatically, adverb
emphaticalness, noun
unemphatic, adjective
unemphatically, adverb
Synonyms
3. positive, energetic, forcible, pronounced, decided, unequivocal, definite.
Antonyms
3. weak.
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  • 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.
  • Several of the donors were emphatic in interviews that they had made the contributions on their own and had not been reimbursed.
  • There followed a sudden, emphatic and unreasonable end of serenity for the evening.
  • Results range from the sparsely poetic to the blusteringly emphatic, but the group's imaginative energies never ebb.
  • He talks up a storm and gets very emphatic at times with his different sounds.
  • Build the sentence to an emphatic conclusion, rather than letting it trail away.
  • I'll add another emphatic yes.
British Dictionary definitions for emphatic

emphatic

/ɪmˈfætɪk/
adjective
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
noun
6.
(phonetics) an emphatic consonant, as used in Arabic
Word Origin
C18: from Greek emphatikos expressive, forceful, from emphainein to exhibit, display, from phainein to show
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Word Origin and History for emphatic
adj.

1708, from Greek emphatikos, variant of emphantikos, from emphainein (see emphasis). Emphatical is earlier (1550s). Related: Emphatically.

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