Definition of emphatic state in English:

emphatic state


  • (In Aramaic and its later dialects) the form or condition of the noun in which it is understood as defined (as if it had the definite article), though in some later dialects (e.g. Syriac) this form became the ordinary form of the noun, with no implication of definiteness.


Early 19th century. After post-classical Latin status emphaticus.