Definition of hyperinflation
: inflation growing at a very high rate in a very short time; also : a period of hyperinflation
hyperinflationaryplay \ˌhī-pər-in-ˈflā-shə-ˌnər-ē\ adjective
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The president who pays cash in advance Eight years after the Zimbabwe stopped using its own currency in to end a period of hyperinflation, government policies have caused an acute cash crisis.
Zimbabwe, which abandoned its own currency eight years ago and adopted mainly the dollar in a bid to halt hyperinflation, is contending with a shortage of cash, with banks limiting customer withdrawals.
Salaries have been wiped out with hyperinflation and millions have been left hungry, malnourished and scouring through the garbage for food.
At one point, the Iranian rial fell by up to 80%, the price of basic goods skyrocketed and the economy suffered a period of hyperinflation.
Populists Pay Venezuela has expropriated more than a half dozen foreign companies and is by some estimates caught in its own period of hyperinflation.
Today, Venezuela suffers from hyperinflation that might hit 1,660 percent this year, according to International Monetary Fund estimates.
The email was a bit extreme, perhaps, with references to the hyperinflation of Weimar Germany, Robert Mugabe’s Zimbabwe and the Book of Genesis.
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HYPERINFLATION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of hyperinflation for English Language Learners
: extremely rapid increase in the price of goods and services : extremely rapid economic inflation
Medical Definition of hyperinflation
: excessive inflation (as of the lungs)
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