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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Emphasis  \Em"pha*sis\,  n.;  pl  {Emphases}.  [L.,  fr  Gr  ? 
  significance,  force  of  expression,  fr  ?  to  show  in 
  indicate;  ?  in  +  ?  to  show  See  {In},  and  {Phase}.] 
  1.  (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 
  --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  color. 
  --Sir  W. 
  Hamilton. 




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