emphatic

adjective

em·​phat·​ic im-ˈfa-tik How to pronounce emphatic (audio)
em-
1
: uttered with or marked by emphasis
an emphatic refusal
2
: tending to express oneself in forceful speech or to take decisive action
3
: attracting special attention
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
emphatically adverb

Examples of emphatic in a Sentence

They were emphatic about their political differences. the governor issued an emphatic denial of all charges
Recent Examples on the Web The Panthers on Wednesday posted a three-minute highlight video from that game, ending with Maurice giving an emphatic speech to his team in the dressing room following the victory. Jordan McPherson, Miami Herald, 6 June 2024 The fan response to that has been equally emphatic, and hardly positive. Dieter Kurtenbach, The Mercury News, 30 May 2024 Abercrombie & Fitch, the clothing retailer beloved in the 1990s and early 2000s, put an emphatic stamp on its comeback, posting its best first quarter in company history. Sasha Rogelberg, Fortune, 29 May 2024 Republicans have been emphatic that this would not apply to somebody who's clearly just walking around doing their thing. Abc News, ABC News, 21 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for emphatic 

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Word History

Etymology

borrowed from French & Late Latin; French emphatique "forcefully expressive," going back to Middle French, borrowed from Late Latin emphaticus, borrowed from Greek emphatikós "expressive, indicative," from empha-, stem in noun derivation of emphaínein "to exhibit, display, indicate" + -t-, verbal adjective formative + -ikos -ic entry 1 — more at emphasis

First Known Use

1602, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of emphatic was in 1602

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Cite this Entry

“Emphatic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/emphatic. Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

emphatic

adjective
em·​phat·​ic im-ˈfat-ik How to pronounce emphatic (audio)
em-
1
: uttered with or marked by emphasis
2
: tending to express oneself in forceful speech or action
3
: attracting special attention
an emphatic design
emphatically adverb

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