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definition of the word emphasis

by the Wiktionnary

From Ancient Greek ἔμφασις (emphasis) "significance" < ἐμφαίνω (emphainō) "I present" or "I indicate" < ἔν (en) "in" and φαίνω (phainō) "I show"

['ɛɱfəsɪs, 'eɱfəsɪs, 'ɛɱfəsəs, 'eɱfəsəs]



emphasis (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.
  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. (typography) Related to bold.

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