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emphasis

em·pha·sis

emphasis

 
 
pronunciation:
em f sihs
part of speech: noun
inflections: emphases
definition 1: special importance.
You put too much emphasis on what people wear.The president's speech put emphasis on the need for world peace.
synonyms:
importance, significance, stress, weight
similar words:
attention, consequence, consideration, gravity
definition 2: stress given to a particular word, phrase, or idea.
"I will never tell!" she said, with strong emphasis on the word "never."
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synonyms:
accentuation, stress
similar words:
accent