Emphasis Definition

ĕmfə-sĭs
emphases
noun
emphases
Force of expression, thought, feeling, action, etc.
Webster's New World
Special attention given to something so as to make it stand out; importance; stress; weight.
To put less emphasis on athletics.
Webster's New World
Special attention or effort directed toward something.
A small-town newspaper's emphasis on local affairs.
American Heritage
Special stress given as to a syllable, word, or phrase in speaking.
Webster's New World

(typography) Related to bold.

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Other Word Forms of Emphasis

Noun

Singular:
emphasis
Plural:
emphases

Origin of Emphasis

  • Latin from Greek from emphainein to exhibit, display en- in en–2 phainein to show bhā-1 in Indo-European roots

    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”).

    From Wiktionary

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