emphasized vs emphatic what difference

what is difference between emphasized and emphatic




  1. simple past tense and past participle of emphasize


Alternative forms

  • emphatick (obsolete)


From Ancient Greek ἐμφατικός (emphatikós, emphatic), from ἐμφαίνω (emphaínō, I show, present), from ἐν (en, in) + φαίνω (phaínō, I shine, show); related to ἔμφασις (émphasis) and English emphasis.


  • IPA(key): /ɪmˈfætɪk/
  • (weak vowel merger) IPA(key): /əmˈfætək/
  • Rhymes: -ætɪk


emphatic (comparative more emphatic, superlative most emphatic)

  1. Characterized by emphasis; forceful.
  2. Stated with conviction.
    He gave me an emphatic no when I asked him out.
  3. (grammar) Belonging to a set of English tense forms comprising the auxiliary verb do + an infinitive without to.
  4. (phonology) Belonging to a series of obstruent consonants in several Semitic languages that are distinguished from both voiced and voiceless consonants by a certain phonetic feature or features.
    1. pharyngealized consonants in Arabic, Hebrew, and other Northwest Semitic languages
    2. ejectives in Ge’ez, Amharic, and other Ethiopic Semitic languages

Derived terms

  • emphatically

Related terms

  • emphasis
  • emphasise, emphasize



emphatic (plural emphatics)

  1. (phonology) An emphatic consonant.
  2. (linguistics) A word or phrase adding emphasis, such as “a lot” or “really”.

See also

  • phatic


  • empathic

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