emphases emphases  /ˈɛm fə ˌsiz/


  1. (n) special importance or significance
  2. (n) intensity or forcefulness of expression
  3. (n) special and significant stress by means of position or repetition e.g.
  4. (n) the relative prominence of a syllable or musical note (especially with regard to stress or pitch)


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  1. The stringent ISAF rules of engagement are sometimes given different emphases by the Dutch and the Australians.
  2. They select issue positions and emphases in pursuit of an electoral majority.
  3. Let's get back to funerals in our churches, with a minimum of adiaphora and a return to the real emphases which give genuine comfort to a mourning family.


  • COS youth head for Berry College leadership camp

    Seven high-school youth from Christ Our Shepherd Lutheran Church are spending this week at Berry College in Rome at AFFIRM, a leadership camp which draws participants from Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee. They will choose among nine “units,” which have unique emphases and requirements. COS’s director of high school and family ministry, Jeremy Hall, is helping lead the unit called ...
    on June 19, 2013     Source: The Fayette Citizen


  1. "That's always one of our main emphases, to get the ball down low," Gray said. "They were doubling me a lot in the first half and even in the second half, but coach Dixon has confidence in me to make good decisions and I got a few easy...
    on Nov 19, 2006 By: Aaron Gray Source: ESPN

  2. "We've made a huge emphases of that," Brown said. "Mistakes in the kicking game and turnovers get you beat a lot quicker on the road than it does at home because you can catch up faster. Our guys understand there's urgency there. I feel like...
    on Sep 4, 2008 By: Mack Brown Source: InsideTexas.com (subscription)

  3. "Actors may, or may not, read poems well, but poets have unique rights to their work, and unique insights and interests to offer as we hear their idiom, pacing, tone and emphases," said Mr Motion. "They all, in their different ways, validate...
    on Nov 29, 2005 By: Andrew Motion Source: BBC News

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