Definition of emphatic in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɪmˈfatɪk/
Pronunciation: /ɛmˈfatɪk/


1Expressing 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, ardent, assertive, insistent;
certain, direct, definite, out-and-out, one hundred per cent;
decided, determined, earnest;
categorical, unqualified, unconditional, unequivocal, unambiguous, absolute, explicit, downright, outright, clear
1.1(Of an action or its result) definite and clear: an emphatic World Cup win
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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, marked, pronounced, decided, unmistakable, positive, definite, strong, powerful, striking, distinctive;
resounding, telling, momentous
informal thumping, thundering
2(Of a word or syllable) bearing the stress.
Example sentences
  • 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.
2.1 Linguistics (Of certain Arabic consonants) pronounced with both dental articulation and constriction of the pharynx.
Example sentences
  • The pronunciation tandur or tandir, current in Turkey, C. Asia and India, reflects the emphatic Turkic pronunciation of the double n.


An emphatic consonant.


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

Words that rhyme with emphatic

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