Definition of emphatic in English:

emphatic

Line breaks: em|phat¦ic
Pronunciation: /ɪmˈfatɪk
 
, ɛm-/

adjective

  • 2(Of a 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.
  • 2.1 Linguistics (Of certain Arabic consonants) 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.

noun

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  • An emphatic consonant.

Origin

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

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