emphatic

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From Ancient Greek ἐμφατικός(emphatikós, emphatic), from ἐμφαίνω(emphaínō, I show, present), from ἐν(en, in) + φαίνω(phaínō, I shine, show); related to ἔμφασις(émphasis) and English emphasis.

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emphatic ‎(comparative more emphatic, superlative most emphatic)

  1. Characterized by emphasis; forceful.
    • 2012 June 28, Jamie Jackson, “Wimbledon 2012: Lukas Rosol shocked by miracle win over Rafael Nadal”, in the Guardian[1]:
      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. (grammar) Belonging to a set of English tense forms comprising the auxiliary verb do + an infinitive without to.
  4. (phonology) Belonging to a series of obstruent consonants in several Semitic languages that are distinguished from both voiced and voiceless consonants by a certain phonetic feature or features.

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Noun[edit]

emphatic ‎(plural emphatics)

  1. (phonology) An emphatic consonant.
  2. (linguistics) A word or phrase adding emphasis, such as "a lot" or "really".

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