- uttered, or to be uttered, with emphasis; strongly expressive.
- using emphasis in speech or action.
- forceful; insistent: a big, emphatic man; I must be emphatic about this particular.
- very impressive or significant; strongly marked; striking: the emphatic beauty of sunset.
- clearly or boldly outlined: It stands, like a great, stone dagger, emphatic against the sky.
- Grammar. of or relating 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.
- Phonetics. having a secondary velar articulation, as certain dental consonants in Arabic.
- an emphatic consonant.
Origin of emphatic
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Examples from the Web for emphatic
The adjudication of the Daily Beast office was clear and emphatic: penguin, penguin, penguin.How Monty The Penguin Won Christmas: Britain’s Epic, Emotional Commercials
November 16, 2014
The CDC too, has been emphatic in their promotion of the technique.Doctors Without Borders Hits Ebola Breaking Point
Abby Haglage, Kent Sepkowitz
October 21, 2014
At the 92Y talk, de la Renta was emphatic about the future of his label.Fashion Designer Oscar de la Renta, American Great, Dead at 82
October 21, 2014
It is a creepy sound, inhumanly high-pitched and strangely clipped and emphatic: “S-s-eeg maheevoh s-s-speeree.”The Stacks: The Judas Priest Teen Suicide Trial
June 28, 2014
With a commanding voice and an emphatic, Emeril-esque “WOW!”Meet the Chef Fighting to Ensure That Brazilians Will Never Be as Fat as Americans
June 25, 2014
But as for the liner, it continued with its emphatic reiteration.Quaint Courtships
"I earned that, Martin," she returned determinedly to his emphatic remonstrance.Dust
Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
He stepped closer to the Lakonian, and spoke with emphatic briefness.Priestess of the Flame
Sewell Peaslee Wright
It was their sole, emphatic mission to kill, burn, and destroy.King Philip
John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott
They were aware that Arulai's "marks" were likely to be emphatic, for Arulai never does things by halves.Lotus Buds
- expressed, spoken, or done with emphasis
- forceful and positive; definite; directan emphatic personality
- sharp or clear in form, contour, or outline
- important or significant; stressedthe emphatic points in an argument
- phonetics denoting certain dental consonants of Arabic that are pronounced with accompanying pharyngeal constriction
- phonetics an emphatic consonant, as used in Arabic
Word Origin and History for emphatic
1708, from Greek emphatikos, variant of emphantikos, from emphainein (see emphasis). Emphatical is earlier (1550s). Related: Emphatically.