emphatically

When you say something emphatically, you say it with great emphasis and force, like when you emphatically denied that you took the last cookie.

Emphatically, pronounced "em-FAT-ick-lee," shares the same origin as emphasize, which means "to stress or put particular importance on something." When you say or do something emphatically, you really mean it. For example, if you emphatically say "no" when someone asks you on a date, that person isn't likely to ask you — or even look in your direction — again.

DEFINITIONS OF: emphatically

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adv without question and beyond doubt

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