Extreme exaggeration or overstatement; especially as a literary or rhetorical device.
An instance or example of this technique.
a figure of speech in which the expression is an evident exaggeration of the meaning intended to be conveyed, or by which things are represented as much greater or less, better or worse, than they really are; a statement exaggerated fancifully, through excitement, or for effect
Origin: [L., fr. Gr "yperbolh`, prop., an overshooting, excess, fr. Gr. "yperba`llein to throw over or beyond; "ype`r over + ba`llein to throw. See Hyper-, Parable, and cf. Hyperbola.]
Hyperbole is the use of exaggeration as a rhetorical device or figure of speech. It may be used to evoke strong feelings or to create a strong impression, but is not meant to be taken literally. Hyperboles are exaggerations to create emphasis or effect. As a literary device, hyperbole is often used in poetry, and is frequently encountered in casual speech. An example of hyperbole is: "The bag weighed a ton." Hyperbole makes the point that the bag was very heavy, though it probably doesn't actually weigh a ton. In rhetoric, some opposites of hyperbole are meiosis, litotes, understatement, and bathos.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
hī-per′bo-le, n. a rhetorical figure which produces a vivid impression by representing things as much greater or less than they really are—not expecting to be taken literally: an obvious exaggeration.—adjs. Hyperbol′ic, -al.—adv. Hyperbol′ically.—v.t. Hyper′bolise, to represent hyperbolically.—v.i. to speak hyperbolically or with exaggeration.—n. Hyper′bolism. [A doublet of the above.]
The numerical value of hyperbole in Chaldean Numerology is: 2
The numerical value of hyperbole in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Some of it is hyperbole and some of it is fact. Let the ethics council investigate it.
Secretary Clinton’s answer is essentially campaign hyperbole, and meant to appease her environmental constituency, in reality, it has little substance to it.
It would certainly be better to not have him in the race, [Grayson] tends to sort of rely on hyperbole and invective, and I'm not sure that's the kind of primary which is healthy for us.
The calls we’ve seen right now are entirely political hyperbole, the fact that state lawmakers want to change our state’s founding document over one issue is obviously political theater at its finest.
It is highly irresponsible of the government of the country to be peddling hyperbole, if the government keeps peddling the line that it will be a disaster if we leave, which it actually won’t be, they are going to put the country in a position where it will be damaged if we do.
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From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- hipèrboleCatalan, Valencian
- hyperbolNorwegian Nynorsk
- гипербола, преувеличениеRussian
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