Definition of emphatic
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
emphaticallyplay \im-ˈfa-ti-k(ə-)lē, em-\ 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 of emphatic from the Web
Despite challenges in tuning the edgy harmonics, this was a brilliant rendition, shrill trills gilding the line, the strings chasing the piano’s statement and ending altogether with an emphatic punctuation.
After an emphatic 13-0 victory over Boca Raton Monday night in Boynton Beach, the squad of 11- and 12-year-olds assured themselves at least one more tournament stop on the road to Williamsport, Pa. and the Little League World Series.
With Jay going full-on mortal with 4:44, the response to the album has been nothing short of emphatic.
Despite the emphatic score line, Germany goalkeeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen was kept busy.
Smith and the bidding group have been emphatic about the community benefits an MLS team provides.
Nothing to see here except a lot of alley-oops and emphatic slams.
Then there's the color of the ice cream itself: a deep and emphatic purple.
Totally caught off guard, Carter lets out an emphatic scream as the former VP walks away.
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Origin and Etymology of emphatic
Greek emphatikos, from emphainein
First Known Use: 1602See Words from the same year
EMPHATIC Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of emphatic for English Language Learners
: said or done in a forceful or definite way
: speaking or acting in a forceful way
EMPHATIC Defined for Kids
Definition of emphatic for Students
: spoken or done forcefully She shook her head in emphatic refusal.
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