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
The fans who irritated Ronaldo so much ahead of Saturday’s final due to their whistling were silenced in emphatic style with two goals in a 4-1 victory over Juventus that gave Madrid a record-extending 12th European crown.
Missing Michael Bradley and Jozy Altidore to international duty, Toronto saw its eight-match unbeaten streak ended in emphatic fashion.
Showalter was emphatic in swatting away the suggestion of relief that the losing streak was over before allowing there may be a temporary weight lifted.
Using his most emphatic language to date, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said Monday that the league will not take a break next season to allow players to participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
Sage Creek concluded its season in emphatic fashion.
Overall, the tour was an emphatic rejection of isolationism, and a reassertion of American leadership.
After a half-hour break, Sutton returned to the classroom to find the CEOs still hollering at one another, many of them emphatic that Jobs succeeded because of—not in spite of—his cruel treatment of those around him.
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Origin and Etymology of emphatic
Greek emphatikos, from emphainein
First Known Use: 1602
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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