Definition of emphatically in US English:



  • 1In a forceful way.

    • ‘Toward the end of the song, when I emphatically sang the last chorus, Sarah finally opened her door and quickly dragged me inside.’
    • ‘Soldiers interviewed in Kosovo emphatically expressed their support for nationbuilding.’
    • ‘He is a man who speaks forcefully, emphatically and, yes, sometimes controversially from the pulpit at First Baptist Church.’
    • ‘‘The persecution makes us strong’, said Vic emphatically.’
    • ‘A spokesman for the London-based group says: ‘We emphatically deny any impropriety whatsoever.’’
    • ‘‘The book doesn't bother me at all whatsoever,’ declared Hunter emphatically, before going on to sound very bothered indeed.’
    • ‘However, when contacted by The Sunday Business Post last Friday, the witness emphatically denied the statement attributed to him.’
    • ‘Yet when I asked Sherry if she would consider moving elsewhere, she emphatically answered ‘No.’’
    • ‘Cheney emphatically reaffirms the pro-federalism position on the issue.’
    • ‘My secretary has confirmed emphatically that no such letter or request was delivered to my office.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Ell emphatically denied making the statement, adding that he had nothing against white people.’
    • ‘Fending off a protesting Violet, Briar emphatically closed and locked the door before taking a seat on the sofa.’
    • ‘And both papers answer that second question clearly and emphatically: it's about freedom.’
    • ‘Tara, not wanting to let one of her hands go from her ears, started nodding emphatically to the door.’
    vehemently, emphatically, fiercely, forcefully, sharply, bitterly, severely
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    1. 1.1as submodifier Without doubt; clearly.
      ‘Jane, though born in California, feels emphatically Canadian’
      sentence adverb ‘Greg is emphatically not a slacker’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘If Mesches's compositional devices are often classical, his palette is emphatically expressionist.’
      • ‘At just a few months short of his 70th birthday, Caine is definitely and emphatically in fashion.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But why is conscious experience emphatically positive?’
      • ‘With an emphatically worried expression, he blustered about the common tasks involved in ‘defending Western values’.’
      distinctly, clearly, markedly, obviously, noticeably, unmistakably, patently, manifestly, expressly, emphatically, definitely, certainly, positively, absolutely, downright, undeniably, unquestionably, indisputably
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