1570s, from L. emphasis
, from Gk. emphasis
"significance, indirect meaning," from empha-
, root of emphainein
"to present, show, indicate," from en-
"in" + phainein
"to show" (see phantasm
). In Greek and Latin, developed a sense of "extra stress" given to a word or phrase in speech as a clue that it implies something more than literal meaning.