- 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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Antonyms for emphatic
Related Words for emphaticallycertainly, absolutely, assuredly, flatly, distinctly, unequivocally, decisively, decidedly, entirely, undoubtedly
Examples from the Web for emphatically
Contemporary Examples of emphatically
He implored me to do so with the zeal of someone who had just found God, emphatically praising the article.War Is Hell and Such Good Fun
November 11, 2014
“It is a pride and an honor to work in this garden,” he said emphatically.Magical Gardens for the Blind, Deaf, and Disabled
October 22, 2014
As such, they emphatically demonstrate the accuracy of the “no risk to public” trope.The Sky Is Not Falling, and Ebola Is Not Out of Control
October 17, 2014
“This show has nothing to do with Hillary,” he said emphatically.Morgan Freeman Gently Slapped My Face
September 19, 2014
Let me emphatically state that what the Lands are alleged to have done is not the norm.Is It Wrong for Parents to Lock Up Their Disabled Kids?
August 4, 2014
Historical Examples of emphatically
When the details were explained to him Mike declared, emphatically, that some one had got at the mare.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
"Of course I will," said Duncan emphatically over his shoulder.The Fortune Hunter
Louis Joseph Vance
Indeed, of no other pursuit can it so emphatically be said, as of this, that “Business makes men.”Self-Help
My dear madam, I object to him—to him—emphatically to Ned himself.'Barnaby Rudge
But love, symbolized by a rose-bud, is emphatically a botanical emotion.Beauty and The Beast, and Tales From Home
- with emphasis or force
- definitely or unquestionably
- 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
1708, from Greek emphatikos, variant of emphantikos, from emphainein (see emphasis). Emphatical is earlier (1550s). Related: Emphatically.