In my blockquotes in org-mode, the fontification does not pick up on italics. I have looked at this question and answer that says it was fixed several years ago, but my issue persists.

I have tried using describe-face to find the issue but it does not seem to contain any modifications that should affect or hide italics:

    Face: org-quote (sample) (customize this face)
    Face for #+BEGIN_QUOTE ... #+END_QUOTE blocks.
    Defined in ‘org-faces.el’.

           Family: unspecified
          Foundry: unspecified
            Width: unspecified
           Height: unspecified
           Weight: normal
            Slant: unspecified
       Foreground: #181818
DistantForeground: unspecified
       Background: grey95
        Underline: unspecified
         Overline: unspecified
   Strike-through: unspecified
              Box: unspecified
          Inverse: unspecified
          Stipple: unspecified
             Font: unspecified
          Fontset: unspecified
           Extend: unspecified
          Inherit: unspecified

Italics show fine in other text. Here is an example showing the same text italicized, inside and outside a block quote:

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C-u C-x = on italicized text gives this:

             position: 488528 of 488671 (100%), column: 30
            character: n (displayed as n) (codepoint 110, #o156, #x6e)
              charset: ascii (ASCII (ISO646 IRV))
code point in charset: 0x6E
               script: latin
               syntax: w    which means: word
             category: .:Base, L:Left-to-right (strong), a:ASCII, l:Latin, r:Roman
             to input: type "C-x 8 RET 6e" or "C-x 8 RET LATIN SMALL LETTER N"
          buffer code: #x6E
            file code: #x6E (encoded by coding system utf-8-unix)
              display: by this font (glyph code)
    mac-ct:-*-Libre Baskerville-normal-normal-normal-*-13-*-*-*-p-0-iso10646-1 (#x04)

Character code properties: customize what to show
  general-category: Ll (Letter, Lowercase)
  decomposition: (110) ('n')

There are text properties here:
  face                 org-quote
  font-lock-fontified  t
  font-lock-multiline  t
  fontified            t
  line-prefix          [Show]
  org-emphasis         t
  wrap-prefix          [Show]
  • What's your Org mode version? I cannot reproduce it with Org mode version 9.4.4 (release_9.4.4-184-gedda21). You are talking about markup, correct? Lorem /ipsum/ ...
    – NickD
    Commented Feb 12, 2021 at 15:15
  • 9.0.5… maybe this is my problem? Yes, markup
    – trmdttr
    Commented Feb 12, 2021 at 20:14
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    I can't reproduce it with 9.0.5 either - I suspect it is caused by something in your init file. Try starting emacs with emacs -q: if that resolves the problem, then your init file is responsible somehow. Can you also do C-u C-x = on a character that should be italic and tell us what face that reports? Please edit the question and add all this information.
    – NickD
    Commented Feb 12, 2021 at 21:17
  • @NickD I have added the output of ´C-u C-x =´ but could not get Emacs to start without the init file in my terminal (on Mac OS), probably because of something with the path, will look into that.
    – trmdttr
    Commented Feb 22, 2021 at 8:05
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    Check the value of org-fontify-quote-and-verse-block, which is nil by default, meaning those blocks should be fontified like regular org. Commented Feb 23, 2021 at 3:53

1 Answer 1


[The answer version of my comment on the question.]

Check the value of org-fontify-quote-and-verse-block, which is nil by default, meaning those blocks should be fontified like regular org.

  • In my Emacs 27.2 (with Org 9.4.4), the variable is called org-fontify-quote-and-verse-blocks (plural).
    – skybert
    Commented Mar 31, 2022 at 9:10

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