n. The act of giving special importance or significance to something.
Syn. -- accenting.
[WordNet 1.5]





(?), } a. [Gr. : cf. F. emphatique. See Emphasis.] 1. Uttered with emphasis; made prominent and impressive by a peculiar stress of voice; laying stress; deserving of stress or emphasis; forcible; impressive; strong; as, to remonstrate in an emphatic manner; emphatic denials; an emphatic word; an emphatic tone; emphatic reasoning.
[1913 Webster]

2. Striking the sense; attracting special attention; impressive; forcible. "Emphatical colors." Boyle. "Emphatical evils." Bp. Reynolds.

3. Forceful and definite in expression or action; -- of statements, actions, or sections of documents; as, the document contained a particularly emphatic guarantee of religious liberty.
Syn. -- forceful.
[WordNet 1.5 +PJC]

4. Sudden and strong; -- of statements; as, an emphatic no.
Syn. -- exclamatory.
[WordNet 1.5]

Syn. -- Forcible; earnest; impressive; energetic; striking; positive; important; special; significant.
[1913 Webster]


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