Emphatic meaning

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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.

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Expressed or performed with emphasis.

Responded with an emphatic “no.”

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Pharyngealized, velarized, or ejective. Used of consonants in Semitic languages.
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Using emphasis in speaking, expressing, etc.
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Expressed, felt, or done with emphasis.
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(phonology) An emphatic consonant.
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Very striking; forcible; definite.

An emphatic defeat.

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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)
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Characterized by emphasis.
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Stated with conviction.

He gave me an emphatic no when I asked him out.

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Belonging to set of English tense forms comprising the auxiliary verb do + an infinitive without to.
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(phonology) Of obstruent consonants in Semitic languages.
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Forceful and definite in expression or action.
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Standing out in a striking and clearly defined way.
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Origin of emphatic

  • Medieval Latin emphaticus from Greek emphatikos from emphainein to exhibit, display emphasis

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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”).

    From Wiktionary