hyperinflation

noun
hy·​per·​in·​fla·​tion | \ ˌhī-pər-in-ˈflā-shən How to pronounce hyperinflation (audio) \

Definition of hyperinflation

: extreme or excessive inflation: such as
a : excessive distension with air or gas hyperinflation of the lungs
b : extreme economic inflation with prices rising at a very high rate in a very short time But the policy also fueled hyperinflation that experts say left Iran's economy weaker in the long run.— Ramin Mostaghim also : a period of such inflation While every company may employ any of a variety of cash investment options during hyperinflation, every successful company has one policy in common … — Gerald Swanson

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Other Words from hyperinflation

hyperinflationary \ ˌhī-​pər-​in-​ˈflā-​shə-​ˌnər-​ē How to pronounce hyperinflation (audio) \ adjective

Examples of hyperinflation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Millions live in poverty amid high food prices, low wages, and hyperinflation. The Christian Science Monitor, 6 Aug. 2021 The crisis has led to a dramatic currency crash and hyperinflation, plunging more than half of the country’s population below the poverty line. Zeina Karam And Sarah El Deeb, chicagotribune.com, 4 Aug. 2021 The crisis has led to a dramatic currency crash and hyperinflation, plunging more than half the country’s population below the poverty line. Zeina Karam, ajc, 4 Aug. 2021 Due to hyperinflation, rising unemployment, and zero social safety net, the United Nations estimates that 77% of Lebanese households don’t have enough money for food. Emily Farra, Vogue, 4 Aug. 2021 Stories that day included the decay of a university considered a World Heritage Site and the effects of the country’s hyperinflation. The Christian Science Monitor, 6 Aug. 2021 The crisis has led to a dramatic currency crash and hyperinflation, plunging more than half the country’s population below the poverty line. Trey Yingst, Fox News, 5 Aug. 2021 Mexican peso and Yugoslavian dinar experienced hyperinflation during or after the Games. Alberto Cervantes, WSJ, 23 July 2021 Yet in reality, the gaping budgetary hole was patched by the printing press, exacerbating hyperinflation. Mark Lawrence Schrad, Time, 20 July 2021

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First Known Use of hyperinflation

1880, in the meaning defined above

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“Hyperinflation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hyperinflation. Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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hyperinflation

noun

English Language Learners Definition of hyperinflation

: extremely rapid increase in the price of goods and services : extremely rapid economic inflation

hyperinflation

noun
hy·​per·​in·​fla·​tion | \ ˌhī-pə-rin-ˈflā-shən How to pronounce hyperinflation (audio) \

Medical Definition of hyperinflation

: excessive inflation (as of the lungs)

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