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emphases (See emphasis)


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"; "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 or musical note (especially with regard to stress or pitch); "he put the stress on the wrong syllable" [syn: stress, accent] [also: emphases (pl)]

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  1. Plural of emphasis
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