An example of emphatic is the response of children when asked if they want ice cream.
Responded with an emphatic “no.”
An emphatic defeat.
He gave me an emphatic no when I asked him out.
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”).