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 (hī′pər-bŏl′ĭk) also hy·per·bol·i·cal (-ĭ-kəl)
1. Of, relating to, or employing hyperbole.
2. Mathematics
a. Of, relating to, or having the form of a hyperbola.
b. Of or relating to a geometric system in which two or more lines can be drawn through any point in a plane and not intersect a given line in the plane.
c. Of or relating to a hyperbolic function: hyperbolic cosine.

hy′per·bol′i·cal·ly adv.


(ˌhaɪpəˈbɒlɪk) or


1. (Mathematics) of or relating to a hyperbola
2. (Rhetoric) rhetoric of or relating to a hyperbole
ˌhyperˈbolically adv


(ˌhaɪ pərˈbɒl ɪk)

also hy`per•bol′i•cal,

1. of, having the nature of, or using hyperbole.
2. of, pertaining to, or derived from a hyperbola.
hy`per•bol′i•cal•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.hyperbolic - enlarged beyond truth or reasonableness; "a hyperbolic style"
increased - made greater in size or amount or degree
2.hyperbolic - of or relating to a hyperbola; "hyperbolic functions"


adjective exaggerated, overstated, enlarged, magnified, amplified This kind of hyperbolic writing does him no favours.


[ˌhaɪpəˈbɒlɪk] ADJhiperbólico


[ˌhaɪpərˈbɒlɪk] adjhyperbolique


adj (Liter, Math) → hyperbolisch; (Math also) → Hyperbel-; hyperbolic functionHyperbelfunktion f
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Jones now declared that they must certainly have lost their way; but this the guide insisted upon was impossible; a word which, in common conversation, is often used to signify not only improbable, but often what is really very likely, and, sometimes, what hath certainly happened; an hyperbolical violence like that which is so frequently offered to the words infinite and eternal; by the former of which it is usual to express a distance of half a yard, and by the latter, a duration of five minutes.
"That's the very thing," said Don Quixote; "though I am relieved from looking for the name of an imaginary shepherdess, for there's the peerless Dulcinea del Toboso, the glory of these brooksides, the ornament of these meadows, the mainstay of beauty, the cream of all the graces, and, in a word, the being to whom all praise is appropriate, be it ever so hyperbolical."
Craig, the gardener at the Chase, was over head and ears in love with her, and had lately made unmistakable avowals in luscious strawberries and hyperbolical peas.
It was not merely in fine words or hyperbolical compliment that he paid his duty; nothing could be more proper or pleasing than his whole manner to hernothing could more agreeably denote his wish of considering her as a friend and securing her affection.
As D'Artagnan delighted, both from pleasure and system, in making people talk about things which interested him, he fenced in his best style with Master Bazin, but it was pure loss of time; beyond the tiresome and hyperbolical praises of monsieur le surintendant of the finances, Bazin, who, on his side, was on his guard, afforded nothing but platitudes to the curiosity of D'Artagnan, so that our musketeer, in a tolerably bad humor, desired to go to bed as soon as he had supped.
He has accustomed himself to sounding words and hyperbolical images, till he has lost the power of true description.
"I have a hyperbolical tongue: it catches fire as it goes.
If it means that I grow a little too fervid, or perhaps even hyperbolical, in extolling my native land, I admit the full justice of the remark.
For one who detests colonialism and is proud to be a black South African, the inclusion of the name Walsh (which is his white mother's surname) at a time when decolonisation entails a suggestion for the removal of Western names is confusing So should one read this book with hyperbolical paradox?
Romance would thus seem to be intrinsically suited to the evocation of that which escapes cognition, being a hyperbolical idiom bent on conveying that there is something in excess of representation [...].
This analysis conceives the Venezuelan media presidency as a specific set of state-society relations that are rooted in the optics of spectacular modernity, dialectically situated in a populism-authoritarianism nexus, to make the case that the seemingly hyperbolical, larger-than-life Chavista media presidency actually comprises a continuation rather than a break from the preceding Venezuelan media populisms and their dialectical counterpart, the Perezjimenista dictatorship, that embraced oil-driven aesthetics.
Linear, ladder-like arenas of recognition jostle with hyperbolical rankings, with huge differences at the top and plateauing further down.