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hyperbole

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noun hy·per·bo·le \hī-ˈpər-bə-(ˌ)lē\

Simple Definition of hyperbole

  • : language that describes something as better or worse than it really is

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of hyperbole

  1. :  extravagant exaggeration (as “mile-high ice-cream cones”)

hyperbolist

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Examples of hyperbole in a sentence

  1. Four decades later we're all blabbermouths, adrift on a sea of hyperbole, shouting to be heard. —Steve Rushin, Sports Illustrated, 1 Apr. 2002

  2. … balanced on the razor edge of anachronism, creating a rich stew of accepted and invented history, anecdote, myth and hyperbole. —T. Coraghessan Boyle, New York Times Book Review, 18 May 1997

  3. Even if we discount the hyperbole evident in such accounts, they were far from inventions. —Lawrence W. Levine, The Unpredictable Past, 1993

  4. <enough food to feed a whole army is a common example of hyperbole>



Did You Know?

In the 5th century B.C. there was a rabble-rousing Athenian, a politician named Hyperbolus, who often made exaggerated promises and claims that whipped people into a frenzy. But even though it sounds appropriate, Hyperbolus' name did not play a role in the development of the modern English word hyperbole. That noun does come to us from Greek (by way of Latin), but from the Greek verb hyperballein, meaning "to exceed," not from the name of the Athenian demagogue.

Origin and Etymology of hyperbole

Latin, from Greek hyperbolē excess, hyperbole, hyperbola, from hyperballein to exceed, from hyper- + ballein to throw — more at devil


First Known Use: 15th century

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Rhymes with hyperbole



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