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Adjective, Noun


Adjective emphatic has 3 senses


emphatica. [Gr. : cf. F. emphatique. See Emphasis.].
  •  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]
  •  Striking the sense; attracting special attention; impressive; forcible.  Bp. Reynolds.
  •  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.  [WordNet 1.5]
  •  Sudden and strong; -- of statements; as, an emphatic no.  [WordNet 1.5]
Syn. -- Forcible; earnest; impressive; energetic; striking; positive; important; special; significant.


emphatic, adj.
1 (of language, tone, or gesture) forcibly expressive.
2 of words: a bearing the stress. b used to give emphasis.
3 expressing oneself with emphasis.
4 (of an action or process) forcible, significant.

emphatically adv.
LL emphaticus f. Gk emphatikos (as EMPHASIS)



absolute, accented, accentuated, affirmative, affirmatory, aggressive, ardent, assertative, assertional, assertive, burning, categorical, certain, decided, declarative, declaratory, definite, definitive, determined, direct, distinct, dogged, dogmatic, earnest, emphasized, energetic, enthusiastic, exciting, explicit, express, fervent, fiery, firm, forceful, forcible, glowing, impassioned, in red letters, incisive, insistent, intense, italicized, marked, passionate, peremptory, pointed, positive, predicational, predicative, pronounced, provoking, punctuated, resolute, resounding, specific, starred, stimulating, stirring, stressed, strong, sure, unambiguous, uncompromising, underlined, underscored, unequivocal, unmistakable, urgent, vehement, vigorous, warm




N importance, consequence, moment, prominence, consideration, mark, materialness, import, significance, concern, emphasis, interest, greatness, superiority, notability, weight, value, usefulness, gravity, seriousness, solemnity, no joke, no laughing matter, pressure, urgency, stress, matter of life and death, memorabilia, notabilia, great doings, red-letter day, great thing, great point, main chance, the be all and the end all, cardinal point, substance, gist, sum and substance, gravamen, head and front, important part, principal part, prominent part, essential part, half the battle, sine qua non, breath of one's nostrils, cream, salt, core, kernel, heart, nucleus, keynote, keystone, corner stone, trump card, salient points, top sawyer, first fiddle, prima donna, chief, triton among the minnows, 'it', important, of importance, momentous, material, to the point, not to be overlooked, not to be despised, not to be sneezed at, egregious, weighty, of note, notable, prominent, salient, signal, memorable, remarkable, unforgettable, worthy of remark, worthy of notice, never to be forgotten, stirring, eventful, grave, serious, earnest, noble, grand, solemn, impressive, commanding, imposing, urgent, pressing, critical, instant, paramount, essential, vital, all-absorbing, radical, cardinal, chief, main, prime, primary, principal, leading, capital, foremost, overruling, of vital importance in the front rank, first-rate, superior, considerable, marked, rare, significant, telling, trenchant, emphatic, pregnant, tanti, materially, in the main, above all, kat' exochin, par excellence, to crown all, to beat all, expende Hannibalem!.


N affirmance, affirmation, statement, allegation, assertion, predication, declaration, word, averment, confirmation, asseveration, adjuration, swearing, oath, affidavit, deposition, avouchment, assurance, protest, protestation, profession, acknowledgment, legal pledge, pronouncement, solemn averment, solemn avowal, solemn declaration, remark, observation, position, saying, dictum, sentence, ipse dixit, emphasis, weight, dogmatism, dogmatics, asserting, declaratory, predicatory, pronunciative, affirmative, soi-disant, positive, certain, express, explicit, absolute, emphatic, flat, broad, round, pointed, marked, distinct, decided, confident, trenchant, dogmatic, definitive, formal, solemn, categorical, peremptory, unretracted, predicable, affirmatively, in the affirmative, with emphasis, ex-cathedra, without fear of contradiction, as God is my witness, I must say, indeed, i' faith, let me tell you, why, give me leave to say, marry, you may be sure, I'd have you to know, upon my word, upon my honor, by my troth, egad, I assure you, by jingo, by Jove, by George, troth, seriously, sadly, in sadness, in sober sadness, in truth, in earnest, of a truth, truly, perdy, in all conscience, upon oath, be assured, yes, I'll warrant, I'll warrant you, I'll engage, I'll answer for it, I'll be bound, I'll venture to say, I'll take my oath, in fact, forsooth, joking apart, so help me God, not to mince the matter, quoth he, dixi.

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