emphasis

em"pha*sis

(m"f*ss), n.;
pl. Emphases (m"f*sz).
[L., fr. Gr. 'e`mfasis significance, force of expression, fr. 'emfai`nein to show in, indicate; 'en in + fai`nein to show. See In, and Phase.] 1. (Rhet.) A particular stress of utterance, or force of voice, given in reading and speaking to one or more words whose signification the speaker intends to impress specially upon his audience.
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The province of emphasis is so much more important than accent, that the customary seat of the latter is changed, when the claims of emphasis require it.
E. Porter.
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2. A peculiar impressiveness of expression or weight of thought; vivid representation, enforcing assent; as, to dwell on a subject with great emphasis.
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External objects stand before us . . . in all the life and emphasis of extension, figure, and color.
Sir W. Hamilton.
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3. a special attention given to, or extra importance attached to, something; as, a guided tour of Egypt with emphasis on the monuments along the Nile.
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4. something to which great importance is attached; as, the need for increased spending on education was the emphasis of his speech.
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