- expressed, spoken, or done with emphasis
- forceful and positive; definite; direct
- sharp or clear in form, contour, or outline
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
em•phat•ic /ɛmˈfætɪk/USA pronunciation adj.WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
- said or done with emphasis;
forceful:The defendant made an emphatic denial of the charges.
em•phat•ic (em fat′ik),USA pronunciation adj.
- uttered, or to be uttered, with emphasis;
- using emphasis in speech or action.
insistent:a big, emphatic man; I must be emphatic about this particular.
- very impressive or significant;
striking:the emphatic beauty of sunset.
- clearly or boldly outlined:It stands, like a great, stone dagger, emphatic against the sky.
- Grammarof or pertaining to a form used to add emphasis, esp., in English, stressed auxiliary do in affirmative statements, as in He did call you or I do like it.
- Phoneticshaving a secondary velar articulation, as certain dental consonants in Arabic.
- an emphatic consonant.
- 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 adjective, adjectival suffix) + -ikos -ic
- 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged positive, energetic, forcible, pronounced, decided, unequivocal, definite.
- 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged weak.
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emphatic /ɪmˈfætɪk/ adj
'emphatic' also found in these entries:
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