Origin of hyperbole
Examples from the Web for hyperbole
Exaggeration and hyperbole are constant campaign companions, as useful and expected as hammers and saws on a construction site.
Pardon the hyperbole, but there has never been a more aptly titled Good Wife episode than “Hitting the Fan.”In The Good Wife’s Explosive ‘Hitting the Fan,’ That’s Exactly What Happens|Chancellor Agard|October 28, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Film festival reviews are, as is their wont, often prone to hyperbole.The Stars of ‘Blue is the Warmest Color’ On the Riveting Lesbian Love Story|Marlow Stern|September 1, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Finke, who regularly breaks showbiz news, is the master of hyperbole.Deadline Hollywood Editor in Chief Nikki Finke’s 8 Greatest Freakouts|Tricia Romano|June 4, 2013|DAILY BEAST
So ignore the hyperbole of the candidates and the hysteria of the partisan commentators.
They have such a habit of hyperbole that most Irishmen smile at their hysterics and threats of civil war as at sheer fudge.The Charm of Ireland|Burton Egbert Stevenson
He always wore gold-bowed glasses, being very near-sighted, was a born humorist, and delighted in jest and hyperbole.Reminiscences, 1819-1899|Julia Ward Howe.
In either case there may be an indefinite degree of hyperbole.The Approach to Philosophy|Ralph Barton Perry
He sat down again in confusion at having been led into hyperbole.Jaffery|William J. Locke
And yet Florrie's hyperbole had not been entirely without warrant.The Bells of San Juan|Jackson Gregory
British Dictionary definitions for hyperbole
Word Origin for hyperbole
Word Origin and History for hyperbole
early 15c., from Latin hyperbole, from Greek hyperbole "exaggeration, extravagance," related to hyperballein "to throw over or beyond," from hyper- "beyond" + bole "a throwing, a casting, the stroke of a missile, bolt, beam," from bol-, nominative stem of ballein "to throw" (see ballistics). Rhetorical sense is found in Aristotle and Isocrates.
Culture definitions for hyperbole
An exaggerated, extravagant expression. It is hyperbole to say, “I'd give my whole fortune for a bowl of bean soup.”