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EMPHASIS (emphases)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does emphasis mean? 

EMPHASIS (noun)
  The noun EMPHASIS has 4 senses:

1. special importance or significance
2. intensity or forcefulness of expression
3. special and significant stress by means of position or repetition e.g.
4. the relative prominence of a syllable or musical note (especially with regard to stress or pitch)

  Familiarity information: EMPHASIS used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


EMPHASIS (noun)


Sense 1emphasis [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Special importance or significance

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Synonyms:

emphasis; accent

Context examples:

the red light gave the central figure increased emphasis / the room was decorated in shades of grey with distinctive red accents

Hypernyms ("emphasis" is a kind of...):

grandness; importance (a prominent status)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "emphasis"):

focus; stress (special emphasis attached to something)


Sense 2emphasis [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Intensity or forcefulness of expression

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

vehemence; emphasis

Context examples:

the vehemence of his denial / his emphasis on civil rights

Hypernyms ("emphasis" is a kind of...):

intensity; intensiveness (high level or degree; the property of being intense)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "emphasis"):

overemphasis (too much emphasis)


Sense 3emphasis [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Special and significant stress by means of position or repetition e.g.

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Hypernyms ("emphasis" is a kind of...):

rhetorical device (a use of language that creates a literary effect (but often without regard for literal significance))

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "emphasis"):

topicalization ((linguistics) emphasis placed on the topic or focus of a sentence by preposing it to the beginning of the sentence; placing the topic at the beginning of the sentence is typical for English)


Sense 4emphasis [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The relative prominence of a syllable or musical note (especially with regard to stress or pitch)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

stress; accent; emphasis

Context example:

he put the stress on the wrong syllable

Hypernyms ("emphasis" is a kind of...):

inflection; prosody (the patterns of stress and intonation in a language)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "emphasis"):

accentuation (the use or application of an accent; the relative prominence of syllables in a phrase or utterance)

pitch accent; tonic accent (emphasis that results from pitch rather than loudness)

word accent; word stress (the distribution of stresses within a polysyllabic word)

sentence stress (the distribution of stresses within a sentence)


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