Definition of emphatic in US English:



  • 1Showing or giving emphasis; expressing something forcibly and clearly.

    ‘the children were emphatic that they would like to repeat the experience’
    ‘an emphatic movement of his hand’
    • ‘He was particularly emphatic about the importance of keeping the public informed of these developments.’
    • ‘She decries the decline in regional theatre and is emphatic about the importance of theatre in our cultural lives.’
    • ‘A U.S. Congressional delegation made an equally emphatic statement in late August.’
    • ‘A slave appeared in the half-open doorway and scurried away at Adriana's emphatic gesture.’
    • ‘He is also emphatic that he is not a consumerist fanatic.’
    • ‘The short answer to this question is a very emphatic ' Yes'.’
    • ‘She has been particularly emphatic about how much she is looking forward to it, on Tuesdays.’
    • ‘But he's been very emphatic about getting back his little dog.’
    • ‘When we moved in she was emphatic that she wanted the top floor to herself.’
    • ‘In fact, the women were emphatic about the necessity of making the stories available to young people as part of school curricula.’
    • ‘Despite his emphatic denial, the impression still persists that he and Santini scarcely saw eye to eye.’
    • ‘"Oh yes, most definitely, " Lisa agreed with an emphatic nod.’
    • ‘Sandeep was emphatic that the print media had its place in advertising.’
    • ‘Smita is emphatic that ‘no community lives within its borders’.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The American media was equally emphatic and called the attack inexcusable aggression and state-sponsored terrorism.’
    • ‘Silko is very animated throughout: she punctuates her narrative with emphatic gestures and laughter.’
    • ‘The " facts " presented by the studio consisted of a list of emphatic denials about the film.’
    • ‘Both of them are emphatic that they are not passing any judgment on technology.’
    • ‘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 event or its result) definite and clear.
      ‘he walked stiffly, with an emphatic limp’
      • ‘The emphatic result was testament to his ability to challenge and expose the political classes and take the people along with him.’
      • ‘A win is a win, but this was hardly the emphatic result needed to banish those Danish blues.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The emphatic outcome wiped away the smiles of one set.’
      • ‘The finish was equally emphatic and the Derby fans celebrated without reservation.’
      • ‘Matlock spurned several easy chances to secure an even more emphatic win.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Hendry said he had plenty of room for improvement despite the emphatic result.’
      • ‘However, World Champion Steve Goacher fought back in the second race to record an emphatic victory for his Windermere Sailing Club.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I can think of many games where Anil has engineered emphatic wins for India.’
      • ‘This time the result was more emphatic as this excellent college extends its reputation as one of the finest in the college football hierarchy.’
      • ‘Paul Botterill had given Volunteer an excellent start, but solid scoring from all the Britannia team ensured an emphatic result.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The results are more emphatic than I was expecting and this is extremely good news.’
      • ‘Ilkley's second fifteen continued their winning ways with an emphatic victory at Salem.’
      • ‘The result was emphatic, a 4-2 victory for United.’
      conclusive, decisive, marked, pronounced, decided, unmistakable, positive, definite, strong, powerful, striking, distinctive
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    2. 1.2 (of word or syllable) bearing the stress.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Which is expressed by the most emphatic word in the interrogative sentence?’
    3. 1.3Linguistics Denoting certain Arabic consonants that are 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.’


  • An emphatic consonant.


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