noun (plural emphases) Etymology: Latin, from Greek, exposition, emphasis, from emphainein to indicate, from en- + phainein to show — more at fancy Date: 1573 1. a. force or intensity of expression that gives impressiveness or importance to something b. a particular prominence given in reading or speaking to one or more words or syllables 2. special consideration of or stress or insistence on something

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  • emphasis — 1570s, from L. emphasis, from Gk. emphasis significance, indirect meaning, from emphainein to present, show, indicate, from en in (see EN (Cf. en ) (2)) + phainein to show (see PHANTASM (Cf. phantasm)). In Greek and Latin, it developed a sense of …   Etymology dictionary

  • emphasis — [em′fə sis] n. pl. emphases [em′fəsēz΄] [L < Gr emphasis, an appearing in, outward appearance < emphainein, to indicate < en , in + phainein, to show < IE base * bha , to shine > OE bonian, to polish] 1. force of expression,… …   English World dictionary

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