- 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 re-emphasis
This does deserve a re-emphasis, to say peace and normalization with all Arab states!The Rejectionism Of The Right
May 9, 2013
- 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 re-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.