emphatic[em fat′ik, im-]
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)
- (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”).