- 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.
emphatic definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Classical Greek emphatikos
- emphatically adverb
emphatic definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- 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.
Origin: Medieval Latin emphaticus, from Greek emphatikos, from emphainein, to exhibit, display; see emphasis.
- em·phatˈi·cal·ly adverb