hyperbole


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hy·per·bo·le

 (hī-pûr′bə-lē)
n.
A figure of speech in which exaggeration is used for emphasis or effect, as in I could sleep for a year or This book weighs a ton.

[Latin hyperbolē, from Greek huperbolē, excess, from huperballein, to exceed : huper, beyond; see hyper- + ballein, to throw; see gwelə- in Indo-European roots.]

hyperbole

(haɪˈpɜːbəlɪ)
n
(Rhetoric) a deliberate exaggeration used for effect: he embraced her a thousand times.
[C16: from Greek: from hyper- + bolē a throw, from ballein to throw]
hyˈperbolism n

hy•per•bo•le

(haɪˈpɜr bə li)

n., pl. -les.
1. obvious and intentional exaggeration.
2. an extravagant statement or figure of speech not intended to be taken literally, as “to wait an eternity.” Compare litotes.
[1520–30; < Greek hyperbolḗ overshooting, excess, n. derivative of hyperbállein to throw beyond, exceed =hyper- hyper- + bállein to throw]

hyperbole

1. an obvious and intentional exaggeration.
2. an extravagant statement or figure of speech not intended to be taken literally, as “She’s as big as a house.” Cf. litotes. — hyperbolic, adj.
See also: Rhetoric and Rhetorical Devices

hyperbole

1. The deliberate use of exaggeration in order to create an effect.
2. Use of exaggeration for emphasis.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.hyperbole - extravagant exaggerationhyperbole - extravagant exaggeration    
figure of speech, trope, image, figure - language used in a figurative or nonliteral sense

hyperbole

noun exaggeration, hype (informal), overstatement, enlargement, magnification, amplification The debate was carried on with increasing rhetorical hyperbole.

hyperbole

noun
The act or an instance of exaggerating:
Translations
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hyperbole
hiperbola

hyperbole

[haɪˈpɜːbəlɪ] Nhipérbole f

hyperbole

[haɪˈpɜːrbəli] nhyperbole f

hyperbole

n (Liter) → Hyperbel f

hyperbole

[haɪˈpɜːbəlɪ] niperbole f
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