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



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. 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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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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