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emphasis definition


This page has 6 definitions of emphasis in English and Latin. Emphasis is a noun. Examples of how to use emphasis in a sentence are shown. Also define these 0 related words and terms: .

English emphasis definition


From Latin emphasis, from Ancient Greek ἔμφασ&iota (émphasis, significance), from ἐμφαίνω (emphaínō, I present, I indicate), from ἐν- (en-, in) + φαίνω (phaínō, I show).


  • IPA(key): /ˈɛmfəsɪs/
  • IPA(key): [ˈɛɱfəsɪs], [ˈeɱfəsɪs], [ˈɛɱfəsəs], [ˈeɱfəsəs]
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emphasis (countable and uncountable, plural emphases)

  1. Special weight or forcefulness given to something considered important.
    He paused for emphasis before saying who had won.
  2. Special attention or prominence given to something.
    Anglia TV's emphasis is on Norwich and district.
    put emphasis on the advantages rather than the drawbacks
  3. Prominence given to a syllable or words, by raising the voice or printing in italic or underlined type.
    He used a yellow highlighter to indicate where to give emphasis in his speech.
  4. (phonology) The phonetic or phonological feature that distinguishes emphatic consonants from other consonants.
  5. (typography) The use of boldface, italics, or other such formatting to highlight text. (Can we add an example for this sense?)

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Latin emphasis definition


From Ancient Greek ἔμφασ&iota (émphasis, significance).



emphasis f (genitive emphasis); third declension

  1. emphasis


Third-declension noun (i-stem).

Case Singular Plural
Nominative emphasis emphasēs
Genitive emphasis emphasium
Dative emphasī emphasibus
Accusative emphasem emphasēs
Ablative emphase emphasibus
Vocative emphasis emphasēs


  • emphasis”, in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • emphasis in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré latin-français, Hachette