[ hahy-pur-buh-lee ]
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  1. obvious and intentional exaggeration.

  2. an extravagant statement or figure of speech not intended to be taken literally, as “to wait an eternity.”

Origin of hyperbole

First recorded in 1520–30; from Greek hyperbolḗ “excess, exaggeration, a throwing beyond,” equivalent to hyper- hyper- + bolḗ “a throw”

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British Dictionary definitions for hyperbole


/ (haɪˈpɜːbəlɪ) /

  1. a deliberate exaggeration used for effect: he embraced her a thousand times

Origin of hyperbole

C16: from Greek: from hyper- + bolē a throw, from ballein to throw

Derived forms of hyperbole

  • hyperbolism, noun

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Cultural definitions for hyperbole


[ (heye-pur-buh-lee) ]

An exaggerated, extravagant expression. It is hyperbole to say, “I'd give my whole fortune for a bowl of bean soup.”

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