emphatic

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Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek ἐμφατικός (emphatikos, emphatic), from Ancient Greek ἔμφασις (emphasis) (English emphasis), from ἐμφαίνω (emphainō, I show, present), from ἐν (en, in) + φαίνω (phainō, I shine, show).

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emphatic (comparative more emphatic, superlative most emphatic)

  1. Characterized by emphasis.
    • 2012 June 28, Jamie Jackson, “Wimbledon 2012: Lukas Rosol shocked by miracle win over Rafael Nadal”, the Guardian:
      Yet when play restarted the Czech was a train that kept on running over Nadal. After breaking Nadal in the opening game of the final set, he went 2-0 up and later took the count to 4-2 with yet another emphatic ace – one of his 22 throughout.
  2. Stated with conviction.
    He gave me an emphatic no when I asked him out.
  3. belonging to set of English tense forms comprising the auxiliary verb do + an infinitive without to
  4. (phonology) of obstruent consonants in Semitic languages.

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Noun[edit]

emphatic (plural emphatics)

  1. (phonology) an emphatic consonant

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