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
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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