noun, plural em·pha·ses [em-fuh-seez] /ˈɛm fəˌsiz/.
- 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.
Origin of emphasis
Examples from the Web for emphasis
Udall shifted his emphasis to the economy in the last weeks of the campaign, but it was too late.
When music had come into the discussion, the emphasis invariably was on rock sounds and players.
His emphasis on middle-class concerns is, well, understandable.Iowa Frontrunner Mike Huckabee Talks to The Daily Beast|Lloyd Green|September 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
While there will be always be an emphasis on the next great star, Li Na has already opened the door.Tennis Star Li Na Says Goodbye to the Court…and Puts the Sport’s Rise in Asia in Question|Nicholas McCarvel|September 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The era of expansion is over, to be replaced by an emphasis on ensuring the security of the existing members.
Such a method results not only in added clearness, but also in emphasis.Public Speaking|Clarence Stratton
Horse (a young horse), schantón-schi̍nga (an and on French; first word with emphasis; second without).
The emphasis here is upon the term "existences," and in its plural form.Studies in Logical Theory|John Dewey
He lighted a cigarette, but forthwith extinguished it and went on with emphasis: We handle them with kid gloves, Melikoff.The White Terror and The Red|Abraham Cahan
But we have not yet quite exhausted the subject of emphasis, considered in relation to young ladies.The Comic English Grammar|Unknown
British Dictionary definitions for emphasis
noun plural -ses (-siːz)
Word Origin for emphasis
Word Origin and History for emphasis
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.