em·​phat·​ic | \ im-ˈfa-tik How to pronounce emphatic (audio) , 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 How to pronounce emphatically (audio) , 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 on the Web But Brooks is emphatic that the Roomba doesn't promise perfect cleanliness. Virginia Heffernan, Wired, "My Roomba Has Achieved Enlightenment," 20 Oct. 2020 The nation’s top scoring offense ultimately got the emphatic upper hand in a battle with the Bulldogs (3-1) and one of the nation’s best defenses. John Zenor, orlandosentinel.com, "No. 2 Alabama roars back for 41-24 win over No. 3 Georgia," 18 Oct. 2020 The message from infectious-disease experts is clear and emphatic: The virus isn’t going away magically, and everyone needs to prepare for a challenging winter. Author: Joel Achenbach, Jacqueline Dupree, Anchorage Daily News, "Coronavirus cases and hospitalizations rising in most states," 16 Oct. 2020 In that world, every word uttered is emphatic and sharp and true. Hank Stuever, Washington Post, "The last thing America needs right now is more ‘West Wing’," 15 Oct. 2020 That statement is an emphatic rebuke of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s posture toward his neighboring NATO ally, just weeks after Pompeo toured the region in an implicit show of support for Greece. Joel Gehrke, Washington Examiner, "US rebukes Turkey’s ‘calculated provocation' of Greece with deployment of research vessel," 13 Oct. 2020 Some of court-packing’s more emphatic proponents embrace or at least tolerate this consequence. Ryan D. Doerfler, The New Republic, "Making the Supreme Court Safe for Democracy," 13 Oct. 2020 Nadal was broken for the first time and Djokovic got the crowd going with his emphatic celebration. Ravi Ubha, CNN, "Rafael Nadal beats Novak Djokovic at French Open for record tying 20th major," 11 Oct. 2020 Key members of the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee defended the JCT after the Times report and were emphatic that that the panel does not have copies of tax forms pertaining to Trump. Andrew Taylor, Star Tribune, "Audit likely gave congressional staff glimpse of Trump taxes," 6 Oct. 2020

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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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The first known use of emphatic was in 1602

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23 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Emphatic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/emphatic. Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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How to pronounce emphatic (audio)

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 How to pronounce emphatic (audio) \

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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