emphasis [ em-fuh-seez ]
1. special stress laid upon, or importance attached to, anything:
The president's statement gave emphasis to the budgetary crisis.
2. something that is given great stress or importance: Morality was the emphasis of his speech.
4. intensity or force of expression, action, etc.:
Determination lent emphasis to his proposals.
5. prominence, as of form or outline:
The background detracts from the emphasis of the figure.
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