Part of speech: noun


Part of speech: verb

To give accent to; emphasize.

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Usage examples "accentuate":

  1. To the psychiatrist it is a matter of common occurrence to see the mentally diseased not only dissimulate very ingeniously and tactfully mental symptoms so that it is frequently impossible to convince a jury of laymen of the existence of mental disorder, but at times, when the necessity arises, they consciously accentuate their symptoms or frankly malinger. - "Studies in Forensic Psychiatry", Bernard Glueck.
  2. The situation was precisely one of the suddenly- arising and acute crises in warfare which accentuate the difference between races. - "The Wheel O' Fortune", Louis Tracy.
  3. Other Socialists then, and many Socialists now, endeavoured by all means to accentuate their differences from other people. - "The History of the Fabian Society", Edward R. Pease.