Emphatic vs Expressive - What's the difference?

emphatic | expressive |

As adjectives the difference between emphatic and expressive

is that emphatic is characterized by emphasis while expressive is effectively conveying thought or feeling.

As a noun emphatic

is (phonology) an emphatic consonant.



Alternative forms

* emphatick (obsolete)


(en adjective)
  • Characterized by emphasis.
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  • Stated with conviction.
  • He gave me an emphatic no when I asked him out.
  • belonging to set of English tense forms comprising the auxiliary verb do + an infinitive without to
  • (phonology) of obstruent consonants in Semitic languages.
  • Derived terms

    * emphatically


    (en noun)
  • (phonology) an emphatic consonant
  • See also

    * phatic






    (en adjective)
  • Effectively conveying thought or feeling.
  • Antonyms

    * inexpressive * unexpressive

    Derived terms

    * expressiveness