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[hahy-per-bol-ik] /ˌhaɪ pərˈbɒl ɪk/
having the nature of hyperbole; exaggerated.
using hyperbole; exaggerating.
  1. of or relating to a hyperbola.
  2. derived from a hyperbola, as a hyperbolic function.
Also, hyperbolical.
Origin of hyperbolic
1640-50; hyperbole or hyperbol(a) + -ic
Related forms
hyperbolically, adverb
nonhyperbolic, adjective
nonhyperbolical, adjective
nonhyperbolically, adverb
semihyperbolic, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for hyperbolical
Historical Examples
  • Among Orientals all such titles are towering and hyperbolical.

    A Chesterton Calendar G. K. Chesterton
  • Quære, whether to say the sun is outshined be too bold and hyperbolical?

  • A hyperbolical way of speaking is mere flippancy, and should be avoided.

    Our Deportment

    John H. Young
  • He would have sneered at this strain in another as hyperbolical and fatuous.

    At Last Marion Harland
  • The Indian language is bold and figurative, abounding in hyperbolical expressions, and is said to be susceptible of much elegance.

  • He boasted of his inventions and discoveries in the most hyperbolical language, which was bound to provoke a controversy.

    Artificial Light M. Luckiesh
  • When Ivo thought proper to see Kate approaching, he turned with an exclamation of hyperbolical admiration.

    The White Lady of Hazelwood Emily Sarah Holt
  • Every panegyric contained in them is extravagant and hyperbolical, and every cenſure exaggerated and exceſſive.

  • Every panegyric contained in them is extravagant and hyperbolical, and every censure exaggerated and excessive.

  • Many expressions in the prophets are hyperbolical or metaphorical, and must not be taken literally.

British Dictionary definitions for hyperbolical


of or relating to a hyperbola
(rhetoric) of or relating to a hyperbole
Derived Forms
hyperbolically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for hyperbolical



1640s (iperbolical is from early 15c.), from Greek hyperbolikos "extravagant," from hyperbole "extravagance," literally "a throwing beyond" (see hyperbole). Geometric sense is from 1670s. Related: Hyperbolically.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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