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Meaning of emphatic by Wiktionary Dictionary

emphatic


    Alternative forms

    • emphatick ( obsolete )

    Etymology

    From Ancient Greek ἐμφατικός ( emphatikos, “emphatic” ), from Ancient Greek ἔμφασις ( emphasis ) ( English emphasis ), from ἐμφαίνω ( emphainō, “I show, present” ), from ἐν ( en, “in” ) + φαίνω ( phainō, “I shine, show” ) .

    Pronunciation

    • IPA: /ɪmˈfætɪk/, X-SAMPA: /Im-fatik/
    • Rhymes: -ætɪk

    Adjective

    emphatic ( comparative more emphatic, superlative most emphatic )

    1. Characterized by emphasis.
    2. Stated with conviction .
      He gave me an emphatic no when I asked him out .
    3. belonging to set of English tense forms comprising the auxiliary verb do + an infinitive without to
    4. ( phonology ) of obstruent consonants in Semitic languages .

    Derived terms

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    Noun

    emphatic ( plural: emphatics )

    1. ( phonology ) an emphatic consonant

    See also

    • phatic

    Anagrams



Explanation of emphatic by Wordnet Dictionary

emphatic


    Adjective
    1. forceful and definite in expression or action

    2. the document contained a particularly emphatic guarantee of religious liberty
    3. sudden and strong

    4. an emphatic no
    5. spoken with emphasis

    6. an emphatic word