emphasis

2 ENTRIES FOUND:

em·pha·sis

noun \ˈem(p)-fə-səs\

: a forceful quality in the way something is said or written

: added force that is given to a word or syllable when speaking

: special importance or attention given to something

plural em·pha·ses\-ˌsēz\

Full Definition of EMPHASIS

1
a :  force or intensity of expression that gives impressiveness or importance to something
b :  a particular prominence given in reading or speaking to one or more words or syllables
2
:  special consideration of or stress or insistence on something

Examples of EMPHASIS

  1. Our candidate's plan has a different emphasis.
  2. <a prep school with a long-established emphasis on sports>

Origin of EMPHASIS

Latin, from Greek, exposition, emphasis, from emphainein to indicate, from en- + phainein to show — more at fancy
First Known Use: 1573

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