- special stress laid upon, or importance attached to, anything: The president's statement gave emphasis to the budgetary crisis.
- something that is given great stress or importance: Morality was the emphasis of his speech.
- special and significant stress of voice laid on particular words or syllables.
- stress laid on particular words, by means of position, repetition, or other indication.
- intensity or force of expression, action, etc.: Determination lent emphasis to his proposals.
- prominence, as of form or outline: The background detracts from the emphasis of the figure.
- Electronics. preemphasis.
Origin of emphasis
Examples from the Web for emphases
Study it so sympathetically that you can follow its hints, and make its emphases.Literature in the Elementary School
Porter Lander MacClintock
He then began to read in a good round resonant voice, with clear enunciation and careful attention to his pauses and emphases.The American Claimant
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
Its emphases vary according to my own indifferences and ignorance as well as according to my own sympathies and knowledge.Guide to Life and Literature of the Southwest
J. Frank Dobie
These emphases in our defense planning have been made at my personal direction after long and thoughtful study.
The variations and emphases that feeling may dictate can be done in the painting stage.The Practice and Science Of Drawing
- special importance or significance
- an object, idea, etc, that is given special importance or significance
- stress made to fall on a particular syllable, word, or phrase in speaking
- force or intensity of expressionhe spoke with special emphasis on the subject of civil rights
- sharpness or clarity of form or outlinethe sunlight gave emphasis to the shape of the mountain
Word Origin and History for emphases
1570s, from Latin emphasis, from Greek emphasis "significance, indirect meaning," from emphainein "to present, show, indicate," from en "in" (see en- (2)) + phainein "to show" (see phantasm). In Greek and Latin, it 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.