An example of emphasis is bolding the font of a particular word in a document to bring attention to it.
An example of emphasis is a woman wearing a low cut shirt in order to bring attention to her cleavage.
A lecture on housekeeping with emphasis on neatness; paused for emphasis, then announced the winner's name.
A small-town newspaper's emphasis on local affairs.
To put less emphasis on athletics.
Origin of emphasis
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Latin, from Ancient Greek ἔμφασις (emphasis, “significance”), from ἐμφαίνω (emphainō, “I present, I indicate”), from ἔν (en, “in”) + φαίνω (phainō, “I show”).