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
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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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24 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Emphatic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/emphatic. Accessed 28 May. 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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