em·phat·ic | \im-ˈfa-tik, em-\

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

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Other Words from emphatic

emphatically \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

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Glover said renaming Kansas City International Airport for King would make an emphatic statement. Max Londberg, kansascity, "MLK International Airport? District? Street? Kansas Citians share ideas to honor King | The Kansas City Star," 24 Apr. 2018 But for the heroics of the Korean goalkeeper, the Swedes' victory would have been far more emphatic. SI.com, "Sweden 1-0 South Korea: Dream Start for Swedes as Granqvist Penalty Breaks Koreans' Resistance," 18 June 2018 Manu Ginobili posterizes Chris Bosh Ginobili’s emphatic dunk atop Miami’s Chris Bosh in the 2014 Finals was not as dramatic as Johnson’s jumper 15 years earlier. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, "Championship snapshots: The top 10 Finals moments in Spurs history," 2 June 2018 LeBron James had closed the gap to four points with an emphatic dunk, but Kyle Korver got called for a foul on a 3-point attempt by Klay Thompson, and after Thompson sank all three shots the lead is back to seven. Benjamin Hoffman And Marc Stein, New York Times, "N.B.A. Finals: Warriors Survive Superman’s Best Punch in Game 1," 1 June 2018 The Blazers' rookie scored 13 points in nine minutes of action during the second quarter, making all six of his shots -- including three emphatic dunks -- and handing out two of Portland's 11 assists in the period. Sean Meagher, OregonLive.com, "Trail Blazers bounce back, beat Clippers 105-96: Rapid reaction," 31 Mar. 2018 Elvis Andrus led the charge with his emphatic sports commentary, which was mostly in Spanish. Stefan Stevenson, star-telegram, "Rangers Reaction: Pitching duel helps breeze past the offense," 6 July 2018 Russia opens with emphatic win June 14: Russia 5, Saudi Arabia 0 Host nation Russia made a statement in the tournament's first match, trouncing Saudi Arabia. Jim Reineking, USA TODAY, "Top 10 World Cup moments: Heroics from Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Hirving Lozano," 29 June 2018 Democrats are just as emphatic, in the opposite direction: 84 percent disapprove, including 75 percent who disapprove strongly. Ross Ramsey, star-telegram, "Texans’ views now more like the rest of the country," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of emphatic

1602, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for emphatic

Greek emphatikos, from emphainein

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English Language Learners Definition of emphatic

: said or done in a forceful or definite way

: speaking or acting in a forceful way


em·phat·ic | \im-ˈfa-tik \

Kids Definition of emphatic

: spoken or done forcefully She shook her head in emphatic refusal.

Other Words from emphatic

emphatically adverb

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a state of commotion or excitement

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