• WordNet 3.6
    • n emphasis intensity or forcefulness of expression "the vehemence of his denial","his emphasis on civil rights"
    • n 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"
    • n emphasis special and significant stress by means of position or repetition e.g.
    • n emphasis 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"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • emphasis (Rhet) 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."
    • emphasis 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 color."
    • emphasis a special attention given to, or extra importance attached to, something; as, a guided tour of Egypt with emphasis on the monuments along the Nile.
    • emphasis something to which great importance is attached; as, the need for increased spending on education was the emphasis of his speech.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n emphasis In rhet.: Originally, a figure consisting in a significant, pregnant, or suggestive mode of expression, implying (especially in connection with the context or the circumstances under which an oration is delivered) more than would necessarily or ordinarily be meant by the words used. This figure is of two kinds, according as it suggests either something more than is said, or something purposely not mentioned or professedly not intended. Poets frequently employ it for the former purpose, especially in similes and epithets.
    • n emphasis The mode of delivery appropriate to pregnant or suggestive expression; hence, rhetorical stress; in general, significant stress; special stress or force of voice given to the utterance of a word, succession of words, or part of a word, in order to excite special attention. Emphasis on a syllable differs from syllabic accent by being exceptional in use, and altering the ordinary pronunciation of the word, either by increasing the stress on the syllable regularly accented or by transferring the accent to another syllable: as, a sin may be a sin of o'mis'sion or a sin of com'mission (instead of omis'sion, commis'sion).
    • n emphasis Special and significant vigor or force: as, emphasis of gesticulation; in general, significance; distinctiveness.
    • n emphasis Synonyms Emphasis, Accent, Stress. Emphasis is generally upon a word, but may be upon a combination of words or a single syllable. Accent is upon a syllable: as, the place of the accent in the word “demonstrate” is not fixed. Stress is a synonym for either emphasis or accent. See inflection.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Emphasis em′fa-sis stress of the voice on particular words or syllables to make the meaning clear: impressiveness of expression or weight of thought: intensity
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  • Ruth Bader Ginsberg
    Ruth Bader Ginsberg
    “The emphasis must be not on the right to abortion but on the right to privacy and reproductive control.”
  • Tony Blair
    Tony Blair
    “I believe Mrs. Thatcher's emphasis on enterprise was right.”
  • Calvin Coolidge
    “I sometimes wish that people would put a little more emphasis on the observance of the law than they do upon its enforcement.”
  • David Brinkley
    David Brinkley
    “The one function that TV news performs very well is that when there is no news we give it to you with the same emphasis as if there were.”
  • Huston Smith
    Huston Smith
    “In nature, the emphasis is in what is rather than what ought to be.”
  • Tom Stoppard
    “Revolution is a trivial shift in the emphasis of suffering.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., fr. Gr. 'e`mfasis significance, force of expression, fr. 'emfai`nein to show in, indicate; 'en in + fai`nein to show. See In, and Phase
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.,—Gr.,—em (=en), in, into, and phasisphaein, phainein, to show.


In literature:

It would require innumerable dashes, and even so the emphasis would be lost.
"From Sail to Steam, Recollections of Naval Life" by Captain A. T. Mahan
Nothing could have pleased Hobart better, and he read with emphasis and care, resolved that his hearers should not lose a word.
"The Candidate" by Joseph Alexander Altsheler
The picture suffers from want of emphasis, or from emphasis in the wrong place.
"Line and Form (1900)" by Walter Crane
And now, in addressing the jury, this Mr. Bolitho had laid special emphasis upon it.
"The Day of Judgment" by Joseph Hocking
Obviously there are faults; for instance, the time is given an undue amount of emphasis and the cause is omitted.
"Newspaper Reporting and Correspondence" by Grant Milnor Hyde
So with emphasis Miss Heriot repeated, 'Perfectly revolting!
"The Convert" by Elizabeth Robins
We might say the same with still greater emphasis of the true lady.
"How To Behave: A Pocket Manual Of Republican Etiquette, And Guide To Correct Personal Habits" by Samuel R Wells
It is upon the latter point that Mr. Condon is laying the greatest emphasis at the outset of his administration.
"The New Education" by Scott Nearing
But the emphasis laid upon the manner of execution confuses and disturbs him.
"The Gate of Appreciation" by Carleton Noyes
Special emphasis should be given to the matter of cleaning pumps and pipes.
"Outlines of Dairy Bacteriology, 8th edition" by H. L. Russell

In poetry:

The emphasis of silence made
The fog above the brook
Intensely pale; the trees took on
A haunted, haggard look.
"Before Dawn" by Maurice Thompson
Grishkin is nice: her
Russian eye is underlined for emphasis;
Uncorseted, her friendly bust
Gives promise of pneumatic bliss.
"Whispers Of Immortality" by T S Eliot
In every point of view he placed it,
As he the Doctor's self had been,
With emphasis and action graced it:
But from his self-conceit 'twas seen
"The Text" by Charles Lamb
Oh! if thy living excellence could teach,
Death has a loftier emphasis of speech:
Let death thy strongest lesson then impart,
And write, prepare to die on every heart.
"On Sarah Stonhouse, Second Wife Of The Rev. Sir James Stonhouse, Bart." by Hannah More
To be a Negro in a day like this
Demands strange loyalty. We serve a flag
Which is to us white freedom's emphasis.
Ah! one must love when Truth and Justice lag,
To be a Negro in a day like this.
"At The Closed Gate Of Justice" by James David Corrothers

In news:

This is her local news blog, with an emphasis on social media, technology, Northwest companies, education, parenting, and anything else that grabs her attention.
The magazine cited Yark 's emphasis on employee health.
"Jews that support multiculturalism today", he adds, "are as much of a threat to Israel and Zionism as they are to us (emphasis added).
Now, more on our special emphasis on what the 2000 presidential campaign should be about.
Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany wants college football's next postseason format to put emphasis on conference champions.
The move is the latest reminder of programs' emphasis on winning over integrity.
Bobby Petrino's hire at WKU shows emphasis on winning above all else.
Our emphasis was on maintaining a free speech platform, with access for all.
She graduated with a degree in Journalism with an emphasis in Broadcast News.
Emphasis on generating new business while growing an established account list.
Incoming schools Superintendent Jim Powell plans to place an emphasis on student achievement in his new role as district leader.
The book begins and ends with emphasis on.
With growing emphasis on time to market, and mounting global competition, solution providers are tasked with responding and adapting quickly to the needs of customers.
Critics of the food movement's emphasis on organic, smaller-scale and local/regional agriculture tend to point out that feeding the world requires large-scale, conventional farming.
Is shaking up how the Commercial Airplanes division is structured, putting new emphasis on aircraft development.

In science:

Special emphasis is placed on understanding the spin structure of the spectrum close to the ground state.
Spin Structure of Many-Body Systems with Two-Body Random Interactions
Particular emphasis is made on the properties of D branes in string theory.
Large N field theories from superstrings
In this contribution I will briefly review our observational understanding of these oscillations, with emphasis on how they can be understood in the context of spin modulation of the X-ray burst flux.
Oscillations During Thermonuclear X-ray Bursts
Nevertheless, more emphasis is put on gamma-ray results.
Neutron Stars as Sources of High Energy Particles - the case of RPP
In the foregoing we have described the heating and dynamical evolution of hot gas in galaxy groups and clusters in a flat ΛCDM universe with a special emphasis on the gas entropy.
Entropy Evolution in Galaxy Groups and Clusters; A Comparison of External and Internal Heating