Definition of emphatic adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ɪmˈfætɪk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈfætɪk//
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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
  4. Word Originearly 18th cent.: via late Latin from Greek emphatikos, from emphasis originally ‘appearance, show’, later denoting a figure of speech in which more is implied than is said (the original sense in English), from emphainein ‘exhibit’, from em- ‘in, within’ + phainein ‘to show’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: emphatic