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em·pha·sis

 (ĕm′fə-sĭs)
n. pl. em·pha·ses (-sēz′)
1. Special forcefulness of expression that gives importance to something singled out; stress: a lecture on housekeeping with emphasis on neatness; paused for emphasis, then announced the winner's name.
2. Special attention or effort directed toward something: a small-town newspaper's emphasis on local affairs.
3. Prominence given to a syllable, word, or words, as by raising the voice or printing in italic type.

[Latin, from Greek, from emphainein, to exhibit, display : en-, in; see en-2 + phainein, to show; see bhā- in Indo-European roots.]
Synonyms: emphasis, accent, stress
These nouns mean special weight placed on something considered important: an education with an emphasis on science; will study music with an accent on jazz; laid heavy stress on law and order.

emphasis

(ˈɛmfəsɪs)
n, pl -ses (-siːz)
1. special importance or significance
2. an object, idea, etc, that is given special importance or significance
3. (Rhetoric) stress made to fall on a particular syllable, word, or phrase in speaking
4. force or intensity of expression: he spoke with special emphasis on the subject of civil rights.
5. sharpness or clarity of form or outline: the sunlight gave emphasis to the shape of the mountain.
[C16: via Latin from Greek: meaning, (in rhetoric) significant stress; see emphatic]

em•pha•sis

(ˈɛm fə sɪs)

n., pl. -ses (-ˌsiz)
1. special stress or importance attached to something.
2. something that is given special stress or importance.
3. stress laid on particular words, by means of position, repetition, or other indication.
[1565–75; < Latin < Greek émphasis significance, emphasis, derivative (with -sis -sis) of emphaínein to display, indicate =em- em-2 + phaínein to show, reveal]

emphasis

Particular intensity or force placed on a word, part of a word, clause, or sentence to underline its importance.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.emphasis - special importance or significanceemphasis - special importance or significance; "the red light gave the central figure increased emphasis"; "the room was decorated in shades of grey with distinctive red accents"
grandness, importance - a prominent status; "a person of importance"
stress, focus - special emphasis attached to something; "the stress was more on accuracy than on speed"
2.emphasis - intensity or forcefulness of expressionemphasis - intensity or forcefulness of expression; "the vehemence of his denial"; "his emphasis on civil rights"
intensiveness, intensity - high level or degree; the property of being intense
overemphasis - too much emphasis
3.emphasis - special and significant stress by means of position or repetition e.g.
topicalization - (linguistics) emphasis placed on the topic or focus of a sentence by preposing it to the beginning of the sentence; placing the topic at the beginning of the sentence is typical for English; "`Those girls, they giggle when they see me' and `Cigarettes, you couldn't pay me to smoke them' are examples of topicalization"
rhetorical device - a use of language that creates a literary effect (but often without regard for literal significance)
4.emphasis - the relative prominence of a syllable or musical note (especially with regard to stress or pitch)emphasis - the relative prominence of a syllable or musical note (especially with regard to stress or pitch); "he put the stress on the wrong syllable"
prosody, inflection - the patterns of stress and intonation in a language
accentuation - the use or application of an accent; the relative prominence of syllables in a phrase or utterance
pitch accent, tonic accent - emphasis that results from pitch rather than loudness
word accent, word stress - the distribution of stresses within a polysyllabic word
sentence stress - the distribution of stresses within a sentence

emphasis

noun
2. stress, accent, accentuation, force, weight The emphasis is on the first syllable of the word.

emphasis

noun
Special weight placed upon something considered important:
Translations
تَوْكيدتَوكيد، أهَمِّيّهتوكيد، تَشْديد
důraz
betoningeftertryktrykvægt
hangsúlynyomaték
áhersla
akcentavimasakcentuotisvarumassvoris
akcentssvarīgumssvarsuzsvarsuzsvērums
poudarek

emphasis

[ˈemfəsɪs] N (emphases (pl)) [ˈemfəsiːz]
1. (in word) → acento m; (in sentence) → énfasis m inv
the emphasis is on the first syllableel acento (re)cae en la primera sílaba
to put emphasis on a wordenfatizar una palabra
2. (fig) → énfasis m inv
there has been a change of emphasisya no se hace hincapié en lo mismo
he said it twice, for emphasislo dijo dos veces, para enfatizar or para recalcar
the emphasis is on sportse da más énfasis al deporte
this year the emphasis is on femininityeste año se resalta la feminidad
to place or put or lay emphasis on sthhacer hincapié en algo, poner énfasis en algo
too much emphasis is placed on researchse pone demasiado énfasis en la investigación, se hace demasiado hincapié en la investigación
to put special emphasis on sthponer especial énfasis en algo
to speak with emphasishablar con énfasis

emphasis

[ˈɛmfəsɪs] [emphases] [ˈɛmfəsiːz] (pl) n
(= weight, importance) → force f, insistance f
to put emphasis on sth, to place emphasis on sth → mettre l'accent sur qch, insister sur qch
the emphasis is on reading → la lecture tient une place primordiale, on accorde une importance particulière à la lecture
(= vocal stress) → accent m

emphasis

n
(= vocal stress)Betonung f; the emphasis is on the first syllabledie Betonung or der Ton liegt auf der ersten Silbe; to lay or put emphasis on a wordein Wort betonen; to say something with emphasisetw mit Nachdruck or nachdrücklich betonen
(= importance)Betonung f, → (Schwer)gewicht nt; to lay emphasis or place or put the emphasis on somethingetw betonen; to lay emphasis or place or put the emphasis on doing somethingWert darauf legen, etw zu tun; this year the emphasis is on femininitydieses Jahr liegt der Akzent or die Betonung auf Weiblichkeit; there is too much emphasis on researchdie Forschung steht zu sehr im Vordergrund; a change of emphasiseine Akzentverschiebung

emphasis

[ˈɛmfəsɪs] n (emphases (pl)) [ˈɛmfəsiːz]enfasi f inv; (in word, phrase) → accento
to speak with emphasis → parlare con enfasi
to lay or place emphasis on sth (fig) → mettere in risalto or in evidenza qc
the emphasis is on sport → si dà molta importanza allo sport

emphasis

(ˈemfəsis) nounplural ˈemphases (-siːz)
1. stress put on certain words in speaking etc; greater force of voice used in words or parts of words to make them more noticeable. In writing we sometimes underline words to show emphasis.
2. force; firmness. `I do not intend to go,' he said with emphasis.
3. importance given to something. He placed great emphasis on this point.
ˈemphasize, ˈemphasise verb
to lay or put emphasis on. You emphasize the word `too' in the sentence `Are you going too?'; He emphasized the importance of working hard.
emˈphatic (-ˈfӕ-) adjective
(negative unemphatic) expressed with emphasis; firm and definite. an emphatic denial; He was most emphatic about the importance of arriving on time.
emˈphatically adverb

to emphasize (not emphasize on) a point.

emphasis

n. énfasis; acentuación.
References in classic literature ?
But there was an unconscious emphasis on the last word, and a wistful look in the eyes that never lost their childlike candor, which chilled Jo's heart for a minute with a forboding fear, and decided her to make her little venture `soon'.
exclaimed Tom, with unnecessary emphasis it seemed.
He and his wife spoke English with an accent which was only discernible through its un-English emphasis and a certain carefulness and deliberation.
Hepzibah troubled her auditor, moreover, by innumerable sins of emphasis, which he seemed to detect, without any reference to the meaning; nor, in fact, did he appear to take much note of the sense of what she read, but evidently felt the tedium of the lecture, without harvesting its profit.
Whoever touches it should look well to himself, or he may find the bargain to go hard against him, involving, if not his soul, yet many of its better attributes; its sturdy force, its courage and constancy, its truth, its self-reliance, and all that gives the emphasis to manly character.
Stepping to the kitchen door, I uttered the word cod with great emphasis, and resumed my seat.
Shelby spoke the last words with a low voice, and strong emphasis.
Therefore, if your case be like mine, you two fools stand there, and without perceptible emotion of any kind, or any emphasis on any syllable, you look blandly into each other's eyes, and hold the following idiotic conversation:
He waited until the place had become absolutely silent and expectant, then he delivered his deadliest shot; delivered it with ice-cold seriousness and deliberation, with a significant emphasis upon the closing words: he said he believed that the reward offered for the lost knife was humbug and bunkum, and that its owner would know where to find it whenever he should have occasion TO ASSASSINATE SOMEBODY.
His voice began on a medium key and climbed steadily up till it reached a certain point, where it bore with strong emphasis upon the topmost word and then plunged down as if from a spring-board:
Knightley and Robert Martin was, at this moment, so strong to Emma's feelings, and so strong was the recollection of all that had so recently passed on Harriet's side, so fresh the sound of those words, spoken with such emphasis, "No, I hope I know better than to think of Robert Martin," that she was really expecting the intelligence to prove, in some measure, premature.
I should have been quite disappointed if I had not found you here STILL," said she repeatedly, with a strong emphasis on the word.