emphatically, adv.emphaticalness, n.
/em fat"ik/, adj.
1. uttered, or to be uttered, with emphasis; strongly expressive.
2. using emphasis in speech or action.
3. forceful; insistent: a big, emphatic man; I must be emphatic about this particular.
4. very impressive or significant; strongly marked; striking: the emphatic beauty of sunset.
5. clearly or boldly outlined: It stands, like a great, stone dagger, emphatic against the sky.
6. Gram. of or pertaining to a form used to add emphasis, esp., in English, stressed auxiliary do in affirmative statements, as in He did call you or I do like it.
7. Phonet. having a secondary velar articulation, as certain dental consonants in Arabic.
8. an emphatic consonant.
[1700-10; < Gk emphatikós indicative, forceful, equiv. to *emphat(ós) (em- EM-2 + phatós, var. of PHANTÓS visible, equiv. to phan-, s. of phaínesthai to appear + -tos adj. suffix) + -ikos -IC]
Syn. 3. positive, energetic, forcible, pronounced, decided, unequivocal, definite.
Ant. 3. weak.

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