- 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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3. positive, energetic, forcible, pronounced, decided, unequivocal, definite.
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Examples from the Web for unemphatic
The hour with Geoffrey was like a poultice on his wound—so mild and unemphatic was it.Paths of Judgement
Anne Douglas Sedgwick
It is unemphatic, and has lost all its force as an adverb of place.An Advanced English Grammar with Exercises
George Lyman Kittredge
It was graceful, unemphatic, composed of playful repartee and merry glances.Franklin Kane
Anne Douglas Sedgwick
Her face was oval, smooth in outline, with a nose just Jewish enough for the beauty of suave curves and unemphatic outlines.Spiritual Adventures
The unemphatic way in which she sometimes made important suggestions was one of Aunt Elsies peculiarities.Wheat and Huckleberries
Charlotte Marion (White) Vaile
- 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
C18: from Greek emphatikos expressive, forceful, from emphainein to exhibit, display, from phainein to show
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Word Origin and History for unemphatic
1708, from Greek emphatikos, variant of emphantikos, from emphainein (see emphasis). Emphatical is earlier (1550s). Related: Emphatically.
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