adjective \im-ˈfa-tik, em-\

: said or done in a forceful or definite way

: speaking or acting in a forceful way

Full Definition of EMPHATIC

:  uttered with or marked by emphasis <an emphatic refusal>
:  tending to express oneself in forceful speech or to take decisive action
:  attracting special attention
:  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 \-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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