Definition of emphatic in English:

emphatic

adjective

  • 1Expressing something forcibly and clearly.

    ‘the children were emphatic that they would like to repeat the experience’
    ‘an emphatic movement of his hand’
    • ‘He is also emphatic that he is not a consumerist fanatic.’
    • ‘He was particularly emphatic about the importance of keeping the public informed of these developments.’
    • ‘Smita is emphatic that ‘no community lives within its borders’.’
    • ‘In fact, the women were emphatic about the necessity of making the stories available to young people as part of school curricula.’
    • ‘He is equally emphatic about the need to promote Maori language.’
    • ‘Jen wants us to take her mother there, and was rather emphatic about it.’
    • ‘Sandeep was emphatic that the print media had its place in advertising.’
    • ‘When we moved in she was emphatic that she wanted the top floor to herself.’
    • ‘She decries the decline in regional theatre and is emphatic about the importance of theatre in our cultural lives.’
    • ‘Both of them are emphatic that they are not passing any judgment on technology.’
    • ‘A U.S. Congressional delegation made an equally emphatic statement in late August.’
    • ‘But he's been very emphatic about getting back his little dog.’
    • ‘She has been particularly emphatic about how much she is looking forward to it, on Tuesdays.’
    • ‘The " facts " presented by the studio consisted of a list of emphatic denials about the film.’
    • ‘The short answer to this question is a very emphatic ' Yes'.’
    • ‘"Oh yes, most definitely, " Lisa agreed with an emphatic nod.’
    • ‘Silko is very animated throughout: she punctuates her narrative with emphatic gestures and laughter.’
    • ‘Despite his emphatic denial, the impression still persists that he and Santini scarcely saw eye to eye.’
    • ‘A slave appeared in the half-open doorway and scurried away at Adriana's emphatic gesture.’
    • ‘She punctuated her statement with emphatic head gestures which again caused her hair to fall in her face.’
    vehement, firm, wholehearted, forceful, forcible, energetic, vigorous, ardent, assertive, insistent
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    1. 1.1(of an action or its result) definite and clear.
      ‘an emphatic World Cup win’
      • ‘A win is a win, but this was hardly the emphatic result needed to banish those Danish blues.’
      • ‘Paul Botterill had given Volunteer an excellent start, but solid scoring from all the Britannia team ensured an emphatic result.’
      • ‘The results are more emphatic than I was expecting and this is extremely good news.’
      • ‘This time the result was more emphatic as this excellent college extends its reputation as one of the finest in the college football hierarchy.’
      • ‘The emphatic result was testament to his ability to challenge and expose the political classes and take the people along with him.’
      • ‘The emphatic result was testament to his ability to challenge and expose the political classes and take the people along with him.’
      • ‘The result was emphatic, a 4-2 victory for United.’
      • ‘Hendry said he had plenty of room for improvement despite the emphatic result.’
      • ‘The emphatic outcome wiped away the smiles of one set.’
      • ‘When the counties squared up in the championship in Killarney, the outcome was an emphatic win for Kerry.’
      • ‘A determined Midleton had an emphatic 27-8 win away to Portadown and they are now up to fourth in the table.’
      • ‘Following their emphatic win in the Sunday Quiz League, they needed to win their last match of the season in the Wednesday Quiz League to ensure the double.’
      • ‘The performance of the younger members of the team has become a feature and the combination of Ross and Joe responded well to the challenge with an emphatic win.’
      • ‘In the last of the two games before the quarter-final stage, Grange's emphatic win sees them go through to meet premier side Parkville United.’
      • ‘Matlock spurned several easy chances to secure an even more emphatic win.’
      • ‘Ilkley's second fifteen continued their winning ways with an emphatic victory at Salem.’
      • ‘I can think of many games where Anil has engineered emphatic wins for India.’
      • ‘However, World Champion Steve Goacher fought back in the second race to record an emphatic victory for his Windermere Sailing Club.’
      • ‘The finish was equally emphatic and the Derby fans celebrated without reservation.’
      conclusive, decisive, marked, pronounced, decided, unmistakable, positive, definite, strong, powerful, striking, distinctive
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  • 2(of a word or syllable) bearing the stress.

    • ‘Which is expressed by the most emphatic word in the interrogative sentence?’
    • ‘Using the emphatic pronunciations of the and a in these poems would not only sound bizarre and unnatural, it would also would also spoil the rhythm.’
    • ‘The emphatic if irregular end rhymes work in a similar way and reflect the claustrophobia of the situation with all three participants seemingly trapped in a hall of mirrors.’
    1. 2.1Linguistics (of certain Arabic consonants) pronounced with both dental articulation and constriction of the pharynx.
      ‘The pronunciation tandur or tandir, current in Turkey, C. Asia and India, reflects the emphatic Turkic pronunciation of the double n.’

noun

Linguistics
  • An emphatic consonant.

Origin

Early 18th century via late Latin from Greek emphatikos, from emphasis (see emphasis).

Pronunciation

emphatic

/ɪmˈfatɪk/ /ɛmˈfatɪk/