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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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British Dictionary definitions for un 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 un emphatic

emphatic

adj.

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

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