Definitions for hyperbolehaɪˈpɜr bə li
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
hy•per•bo•lehaɪˈpɜr bə li(n.)(pl.)-les.
obvious and intentional exaggeration.
an extravagant statement or figure of speech not intended to be taken literally, as “to wait an eternity.”
Ref: Compare litotes.
Origin of hyperbole:
1520–30; < Gk hyperbolḗ overshooting, excess, n. der. of hyperbállein to throw beyond, exceed =hyper-hyper - +bállein to throw
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
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.
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