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emphatic

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adjective em·phat·ic \im-ˈfa-tik, em-\

Simple Definition of emphatic

  • : said or done in a forceful or definite way

  • : speaking or acting in a forceful way

Full Definition of emphatic

  1. 1 :  uttered with or marked by emphasis <an emphatic refusal>

  2. 2 :  tending to express oneself in forceful speech or to take decisive action

  3. 3 :  attracting special attention

  4. 4 :  constituting or belonging to a set of tense forms in English consisting of the auxiliary do followed by an infinitive without to that are used to facilitate rhetorical inversion or to emphasize something

em·phat·i·cal·ly play \-ˈfa-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of emphatic

  1. They were emphatic about their political differences.

  2. <the governor issued an emphatic denial of all charges>



Origin of emphatic

Greek emphatikos, from emphainein


First Known Use: 1635



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