un·​em·​phat·​ic ˌən-im-ˈfa-tik How to pronounce unemphatic (audio)
: not having or characterized by special emphasis or stress : not emphatic
unemphatic speech
a calm, unemphatic tone of voice
unemphatically adverb
speaking slowly and unemphatically

Examples of unemphatic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The former is quietly involving: unhurried, unemphatic, observant. Mark Feeney, BostonGlobe.com, 4 Nov. 2021 The beat is steady and usually unemphatic; the song circles through three chords again and again. Jon Pareles, New York Times, 6 July 2018 This 1991 feature, the second by Mexican filmmaker Maria Novaro, is leisurely paced and unemphatic but firmly conceived and executed, with a lot of feeling for female solidarity. Patrick Friel, Chicago Reader, 17 Apr. 2018 This line, delivered in his usual uninflected, unemphatic tone, is chilling, something that the villain in a Hitchcock thriller, one of those immaculately amoral gentleman-monsters, might have said. Lili Anolik, Vanities, 14 Dec. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1800, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unemphatic was in 1800

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“Unemphatic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unemphatic. Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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