Definition of emphatically in English:



  • 1In a forceful way.

    • ‘And both papers answer that second question clearly and emphatically: it's about freedom.’
    • ‘Fending off a protesting Violet, Briar emphatically closed and locked the door before taking a seat on the sofa.’
    • ‘Tara, not wanting to let one of her hands go from her ears, started nodding emphatically to the door.’
    • ‘Toward the end of the song, when I emphatically sang the last chorus, Sarah finally opened her door and quickly dragged me inside.’
    • ‘Cheney emphatically reaffirms the pro-federalism position on the issue.’
    • ‘‘The book doesn't bother me at all whatsoever,’ declared Hunter emphatically, before going on to sound very bothered indeed.’
    • ‘A spokesman for the London-based group says: ‘We emphatically deny any impropriety whatsoever.’’
    • ‘However, when contacted by The Sunday Business Post last Friday, the witness emphatically denied the statement attributed to him.’
    • ‘Both the District Court judge and the High Court judge emphatically stood behind the principle that the ability to pay money ought not to influence the outcome of the case.’
    • ‘Yet when I asked Sherry if she would consider moving elsewhere, she emphatically answered ‘No.’’
    • ‘Ell emphatically denied making the statement, adding that he had nothing against white people.’
    • ‘He is a man who speaks forcefully, emphatically and, yes, sometimes controversially from the pulpit at First Baptist Church.’
    • ‘Soldiers interviewed in Kosovo emphatically expressed their support for nationbuilding.’
    • ‘‘The persecution makes us strong’, said Vic emphatically.’
    • ‘My secretary has confirmed emphatically that no such letter or request was delivered to my office.’
    vehemently, emphatically, fiercely, forcefully, sharply, bitterly, severely
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    1. 1.1[as submodifier]Without doubt; clearly.
      ‘Jane, though born in California, feels emphatically Canadian’
      [sentence adverb] ‘Greg is emphatically not a slacker’
      • ‘But why is conscious experience emphatically positive?’
      • ‘It became an emphatically risk-averse society, partly because actions encouraged by the government could not fail, while those undertaken without central support could not succeed.’
      • ‘With an emphatically worried expression, he blustered about the common tasks involved in ‘defending Western values’.’
      • ‘If Mesches's compositional devices are often classical, his palette is emphatically expressionist.’
      • ‘The entrance door and flanking windows are emphatically Gothic with pointed arches, the doorway framed in granite and the windows with granite sills and lintels.’
      • ‘Thus far it has been established that even under the most favorable conditions the country's indebtedness is absolutely and emphatically unsustainable during the next two decades.’
      • ‘At just a few months short of his 70th birthday, Caine is definitely and emphatically in fashion.’
      • ‘This was emphatically reinforced when we saw a demo behind closed doors and spoke with some of the developers in May.’
      • ‘With huge square towers linked by thick walkways, it stands on a slight eminence and is emphatically hellish.’
      distinctly, clearly, markedly, obviously, noticeably, unmistakably, patently, manifestly, expressly, emphatically, definitely, certainly, positively, absolutely, downright, undeniably, unquestionably, indisputably
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