Definition of Emphasis

1. Noun. Special importance or significance. "The room was decorated in shades of grey with distinctive red accents"

Exact synonyms: Accent
Generic synonyms: Grandness, Importance
Specialized synonyms: Focus, Stress
Derivative terms: Accent, Accentuate, Emphasize, Emphatic



2. Noun. Intensity or forcefulness of expression. "His emphasis on civil rights"
Exact synonyms: Vehemence
Generic synonyms: Intensity, Intensiveness
Specialized synonyms: Overemphasis
Derivative terms: Emphatic, Emphatic

3. Noun. Special and significant stress by means of position or repetition e.g..
Specialized synonyms: Topicalization
Generic synonyms: Rhetorical Device
Derivative terms: Emphatic

4. Noun. The relative prominence of a syllable or musical note (especially with regard to stress or pitch). "He put the stress on the wrong syllable"

Definition of Emphasis

1. n. A particular stress of utterance, or force of voice, given in reading and speaking to one or more words whose signification the speaker intends to impress specially upon his audience.

Definition of Emphasis

1. Noun. Special weight or forcefulness given to something considered important. ¹

2. Noun. Special attention or prominence given to something. ¹

3. Noun. Prominence given to a syllable or words, by raising the voice or printing in italic or underlined type. ¹

4. Noun. (typography) Related to bold. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Emphasis

1. special significance imparted to something [n -PHASES]

Medical Definition of Emphasis

1. Origin: L, fr. Gr. Significance, force of expression, fr. To show in, indicate; in + to show. See In, and Phase. 1. A particular stress of utterance, or force of voice, given in reading and speaking to one or more words whose signification the speaker intends to impress specially upon his audience. "The province of emphasis is so much more important than accent, that the customary seat of the latter is changed, when the claims of emphasis require it." (E. Porter) 2. A peculiar impressiveness of expression or weight of thought; vivid representation, enforcing assent; as, to dwell on a subject with great emphasis. "External objects stand before us . . . In all the life and emphasis of extension, figure, and colour." (Sir W. Hamilton) Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Emphasis

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Literary usage of Emphasis

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The English Reader: Or, Pieces in Prose and Poetry, from the Best Writers by Lindley Murray (1828)
"SECTION V. emphasis. BY emphasis is meant a stronger and fuller sound of ... On the right management of the emphasis depends the life of pronunciation. ..."

2. The English Reader, Or, Pieces in Prose and Verse: From the Best Writers by Lindley Murray (1836)
"For to lay the emphasis with exact propriety, is a constant exercise of good sense ... In these examples, the' emphasis requires the accent to be placed on ..."

3. English Grammar, Adapted to the Different Classes of Learners: With an by Lindley Murray (1829)
"Of emphasis. By emphasis is meant a stronger and fuller sound of voice, ... On the right management of the emphasis depends the life of pronunciation. ..."

4. Encyclopaedia Britannica, a Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and edited by Hugh Chisholm (1910)
"In all literary expression there are two kinds of emphasis, the emphasis of sound and the emphasis of sense. Indeed the difference between those who have ..."

5. The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL. D. by James Boswell, Arnold Glover (1901)
"Both tried at it, said Dr. Taylor, and both mistook the emphasis, ... The emphasis should be equally upon shalt and not, as both concur to form the negative ..."

6. Outlines of Rhetoric: Embodied in Rules, Illustrative Examples, and a by John Franklin Genung (1893)
"emphasis. ) iy'iA- The term emphasis is here employed to denote the kind of ... I. Rules for increasing emphasis.— The emphatic places of a sentence or ..."

7. Folio (1836)
"The emphasis of the downward Fifth differs only in degree from that of the octave. We have already given a diagram representing it, in a preceding paper, ..."

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