emphatic

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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
em•phat•ic /ɛmˈfætɪk/USA pronunciation   adj. 
  1. said or done with emphasis;
    strongly expressive;
    forceful:The defendant made an emphatic denial of the charges.
em•phat•i•cal•ly, adv. 

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
em•phat•ic  (em fatik),USA pronunciation adj. 
  1. uttered, or to be uttered, with emphasis;
    strongly expressive.
  2. using emphasis in speech or action.
  3. forceful;
    insistent:a big, emphatic man; I must be emphatic about this particular.
  4. very impressive or significant;
    strongly marked;
    striking:the emphatic beauty of sunset.
  5. clearly or boldly outlined:It stands, like a great, stone dagger, emphatic against the sky.
  6. 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.
  7. Phoneticshaving a secondary velar articulation, as certain dental consonants in Arabic.

n. 
  1. an emphatic consonant.
em•phati•cal•ly, adv. 
em•phati•cal•ness, n. 
  • 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
  • 1700–10
    • 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged positive, energetic, forcible, pronounced, decided, unequivocal, definite.
    • 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged weak.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
emphatic /ɪmˈfætɪk/ adj
  1. expressed, spoken, or done with emphasis
  2. forceful and positive; definite; direct
  3. sharp or clear in form, contour, or outline
Etymology: 18th Century: from Greek emphatikos expressive, forceful, from emphainein to exhibit, display, from phainein to show
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