- The definition of emphatic is something that is said or done with strong emotion or action.
An example of emphatic is the response of children when asked if they want ice cream.
- expressed, felt, or done with emphasis
- using emphasis in speaking, expressing, etc.
- very striking; forcible; definite: an emphatic defeat
- Gram. designating or of a present tense or past tense in which a form of do is used as an auxiliary for emphasis (Ex.: I do care, we did go)
Origin of emphaticClassical Greek emphatikos
- Expressed or performed with emphasis: responded with an emphatic “no.”
- Forceful and definite in expression or action.
- Standing out in a striking and clearly defined way.
- Linguistics Pharyngealized, velarized, or ejective. Used of consonants in Semitic languages.
Origin of emphaticMedieval Latin emphaticus, from Greek emphatikos, from emphainein, to exhibit, display; see emphasis.
(comparative more emphatic, superlative most emphatic)
- emphasise, emphasize
- (phonology) an emphatic consonant
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”).