emphatic

adjective
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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Jack Taylor/Getty Images Animal welfare advocates put two major initiatives on the ballot this November and saw emphatic wins on both Tuesday night. Kelsey Piper, Vox, "California and Florida both pass animal welfare laws by a landslide," 7 Nov. 2018 Harvard's supremacy might have been even more emphatic, if the list had only included several notable dropouts, like Bill Gates. Kevin Conley, Town & Country, "Harvard Doesn't Suck," 26 Sep. 2014 So if the question is, did a set of underlying circumstances and attitudes allow Nassar to prosper in this particular place, the answer would appear to be an emphatic yes. Sally Jenkins, chicagotribune.com, "Michigan State's problems start much higher than Larry Nassar and sports coaches," 2 Mar. 2018 In late November, The Washington Post came out with an emphatic anti-Furby broadside: What is a Furby? Adi Robertson, The Verge, "Furby hell: this week in tech, 20 years ago," 24 Nov. 2018 Because for three straight postseasons the answer has been an emphatic no, which probably provides a level of comfort around town. Chris Fedor, cleveland.com, "Cleveland Cavaliers still deserve benefit of the doubt, but look more vulnerable than past seasons," 12 Jan. 2018 Suddenly, with the match seemingly drifting away from them, Brazil were back in the game, as a wonderful through ball from Coutinho was headed home in emphatic fashion by substitute Augusto in the 76th minute. SI.com, "Brazil 1-2 Belgium: Red Devils Shatter Brazil's Dreams With Clinical Display to Set Up France Clash," 6 July 2018 If Trump is the last gasp of the baby boomers, then Ocasio-Cortez is the first emphatic cry of the millennials. Annie Leibovitz, Vogue, "How Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Other Progressives are Defining the Midterms," 15 Oct. 2018 Amazon's response has been equally emphatic and detailed. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Bloomberg stands by Chinese chip story as Apple, Amazon ratchet up denials," 5 Oct. 2018

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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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emphatic

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of emphatic

: said or done in a forceful or definite way
: speaking or acting in a forceful way

emphatic

adjective
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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