Definition of emphatic in English:


Syllabification: em·phat·ic
Pronunciation: /emˈfatik


  • 1Showing or giving emphasis; expressing something forcibly and clearly: the children were emphatic that they would like to repeat the experience an emphatic movement of his hand
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    • He is also emphatic that he is not a consumerist fanatic.
    • He was particularly emphatic about the importance of keeping the public informed of these developments.
    • Smita is emphatic that ‘no community lives within its borders’.
    vehement, firm, wholehearted, forceful, forcible, energetic, vigorous, direct, assertive, insistent; certain, definite, out-and-out, one hundred percent; decided, determined, categorical, unqualified, unconditional, unequivocal, unambiguous, absolute, explicit, downright, outright, clear
  • 1.1(Of an action or event or its result) definite and clear: he walked stiffly, with an emphatic limp
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    • A win is a win, but this was hardly the emphatic result needed to banish those Danish blues.
    • Paul Botterill had given Volunteer an excellent start, but solid scoring from all the Britannia team ensured an emphatic result.
    • The results are more emphatic than I was expecting and this is extremely good news.
    conclusive, decisive, decided, unmistakable; resounding, telling
    informal thundering
  • 1.2(Of word or syllable) bearing the stress.
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    • Which is expressed by the most emphatic word in the interrogative sentence?
    • Using the emphatic pronunciations of the and a in these poems would not only sound bizarre and unnatural, it would also would also spoil the rhythm.
    • The emphatic if irregular end rhymes work in a similar way and reflect the claustrophobia of the situation with all three participants seemingly trapped in a hall of mirrors.
  • 1.3 Linguistics Denoting certain Arabic consonants that are pronounced with both dental articulation and constriction of the pharynx.
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    • The pronunciation tandur or tandir, current in Turkey, C. Asia and India, reflects the emphatic Turkic pronunciation of the double n.


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  • An emphatic consonant.


early 18th century: via late Latin from Greek emphatikos, from emphasis (see emphasis).

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