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

  • Among Orientals all such titles are towering and hyperbolical.

    A Chesterton Calendar G. K. Chesterton
  • The passion of love is dominant throughout, and it is treated in the most exalted and hyperbolical spirit.

  • Quære, whether to say the sun is outshined be too bold and hyperbolical?

  • This reply, hyperbolical and enigmatical at the time, Benito had heard and remembered.

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

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

    Artificial Light M. Luckiesh
  • He would have sneered at this strain in another as hyperbolical and fatuous.

    At Last Marion Harland
  • The sheet was a hyperbolical eulogium composed, as if at random, by the director Bertier, in honour of the King.

    The Printed Book Henri Bouchot
  • The Indian language is bold and figurative, abounding in hyperbolical expressions, and is said to be susceptible of much elegance.

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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