an emphatic consonant.

Origin of emphatic

1700–10; < Greek emphatikós indicative, forceful, equivalent to *emphat(ós) (em- em-2 + phatós, variant of phantós visible, equivalent to phan-, stem of phaínesthai to appear + -tos adj. suffix) + -ikos -ic
Related formsem·phat·i·cal·ly, adverbem·phat·i·cal·ness, nounun·em·phat·ic, adjectiveun·em·phat·i·cal·ly, adverb

Synonyms for emphatic

Antonyms for emphatic

3. weak.
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Examples from the Web for emphatic

Contemporary Examples of emphatic

Historical Examples of emphatic

  • But as for the liner, it continued with its emphatic reiteration.

  • "I earned that, Martin," she returned determinedly to his emphatic remonstrance.


    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

    Amy Carmichael

British Dictionary definitions for emphatic



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 for emphatic

C18: from Greek emphatikos expressive, forceful, from emphainein to exhibit, display, from phainein to show
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Word Origin and History for emphatic

1708, from Greek emphatikos, variant of emphantikos, from emphainein (see emphasis). Emphatical is earlier (1550s). Related: Emphatically.

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