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  2  definitions  found 
 
  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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  emphasis 
  n  1:  special  importance  or  significance;  "the  red  light  gave  the 
  central  figure  increased  emphasis";  "the  room  was 
  decorated  in  shades  of  gray  with  distinctive  red 
  accents"  [syn:  {accent}] 
  2:  intensity  or  forcefulness  of  expression:  "the  vehemence  of 
  his  denial"  or  "his  emphasis  on  civil  rights"  [syn:  {vehemence}] 
  3:  special  and  significant  stress  by  means  of  position  or 
  repetition  e.g. 
  4:  the  relative  prominence  of  a  syllable  (especially  with 
  regard  to  stress  or  pitch);  "he  put  the  stress  on  the 
  wrong  syllable"  [syn:  {stress},  {accent},  {accentuation}] 




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