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Topic: LINGUISTICS

Date: 1500-1600
Language: Latin
Origin: Greek, from emphainein 'to show'

emphasis

noun
     
em‧pha‧sis S3 W2 plural emphases [uncountable and countable]
1 special attention or importance
emphasis on
In Japan there is a lot of emphasis on politeness.
put/place emphasis on something
The course places emphasis on practical work.
a change of emphasis in government policy
2SL special importance that is given to a word or phrase by saying it louder or higher, or by printing it in a special way
emphasis on
The emphasis should be on the first syllable.
'And I can assure you,' she said with emphasis, 'that he is innocent.'
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