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Definition of emphatic adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1an emphatic statement, answer, etc. is given with force to show that it is important an emphatic denial/rejection
  2. 2(of a person) making it very clear what you mean by speaking with force He was emphatic that he could not work with her. She was equally emphatic about the importance of discipline.
  3. 3an emphatic victory, win, or defeat is one in which one team or player wins by a large amount
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adverb “Certainly not,” he replied emphatically. She is emphatically opposed to the proposals. He has always emphatically denied the allegations. The proposal was emphatically defeated. She was emphatically not sorry for anything she'd done.
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