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emphatic

em·pha·tic

emphatic

 
pronunciation:
ihm fae tihk
part of speech: adjective
definition 1: expressed, performed, or uttered with emphasis.
This was the most emphatic statement in the President's speech.His answer was an emphatic "no!"She pounded her fist in an emphatic gesture.
antonyms:
unemphatic
similar words:
energetic, explicit, forceful, intense, powerful, strong, vehement, vigorous
definition 2: forceful, determined, or insistent in speech or action.
Her response was an emphatic refusal.
synonyms:
insistent, resolute
antonyms:
weak, wishy-washy
similar words:
decisive, determined, forceful, loud, trenchant, vehement
definition 3: clearly delineated; bold in outline.
Their horse came out the emphatic winner of the race.
antonyms:
indistinct
similar words:
clear, definite, distinct, explicit, manifest, plain, prominent, vivid
derivation: emphatically (adv.)