Definitions for hyperbolehaɪˈpɜr bə li
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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.
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Some of it is hyperbole and some of it is fact. Let the ethics council investigate 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.
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.
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From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- hipèrboleCatalan, Valencian
- hyperbolNorwegian Nynorsk
- гипербола, преувеличениеRussian
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