emphatic: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (em-fat'ik), [key]
— adj.
  1. uttered, or to be uttered, with emphasis; strongly expressive.
  2. using emphasis in speech or action.
  3. forceful; insistent: a big, emphatic man; I must be emphatic about this particular.
  4. very impressive or significant; strongly marked; striking: the emphatic beauty of sunset.
  5. clearly or boldly outlined: It stands, like a great, stone dagger, emphatic against the sky.
  6. of or pertaining to a form used to add emphasis, esp., in English, stressed auxiliary do in affirmative statements, as in He did call you or I do like it.
  7. having a secondary velar articulation, as certain dental consonants in Arabic.
  1. an emphatic consonant.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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