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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]


Spoken with emphasis


emphasised; emphasized; emphatic

Context example:

an emphatic word


accented; stressed (bearing a stress or accent)

Sense 2emphatic [BACK TO TOP]


Sudden and strong


exclamatory; emphatic

Context example:

an emphatic no


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

Sense 3emphatic [BACK TO TOP]


Forceful and definite in expression or action


forceful; emphatic

Context example:

the document contained a particularly emphatic guarantee of religious liberty


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

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