emphatic

adjective em·phat·ic \ im-ˈfa-tik , em- \
Updated on: 9 Nov 2017

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

emphatically

play \im-ˈfa-ti-k(ə-)lē, em-\ adverb

Examples of emphatic in a Sentence

  1. They were emphatic about their political differences.

  2. the governor issued an emphatic denial of all charges

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Origin and Etymology of emphatic

Greek emphatikos, from emphainein


EMPHATIC Defined for English Language Learners

emphatic

adjective

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

emphatic

adjective em·phat·ic \ im-ˈfa-tik \

Definition of emphatic for Students

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

emphatically

adverb


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