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EMPHATIC

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does emphatic mean? 

EMPHATIC (adjective)
  The adjective EMPHATIC has 3 senses:

1. spoken with emphasis
2. sudden and strong
3. forceful and definite in expression or action

  Familiarity information: EMPHATIC used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


EMPHATIC (adjective)


Sense 1emphatic [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Spoken with emphasis

Synonyms:

emphasised; emphasized; emphatic

Context example:

an emphatic word

Similar:

accented; stressed (bearing a stress or accent)


Sense 2emphatic [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Sudden and strong

Synonyms:

exclamatory; emphatic

Context example:

an emphatic no

Similar:

forceful (characterized by or full of force or strength (often but not necessarily physical))


Sense 3emphatic [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Forceful and definite in expression or action

Synonyms:

forceful; emphatic

Context example:

the document contained a particularly emphatic guarantee of religious liberty

Similar:

assertive (inclined to bold and confident assertion; aggressively self-assured)


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