hyperbole

[ hahy-pur-buh-lee ]
/ haɪˈpɜr bə li /

noun Rhetoric.

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

Nearby words

  1. hyperbarism,
  2. hyperbaton,
  3. hyperbetalipoproteinemia,
  4. hyperbilirubinemia,
  5. hyperbola,
  6. hyperbolic,
  7. hyperbolic function,
  8. hyperbolic geometry,
  9. hyperbolic paraboloid,
  10. hyperbolism

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Origin of hyperbole

1520–30; < Greek hyperbolḗ excess, exaggeration, throwing beyond, equivalent to hyper- hyper- + bolḗ throw

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British Dictionary definitions for hyperbole

hyperbole

/ (haɪˈpɜːbəlɪ) /

noun

a deliberate exaggeration used for effecthe embraced her a thousand times
Derived Formshyperbolism, noun

Word Origin for hyperbole

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

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Word Origin and History for hyperbole

hyperbole

n.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Culture definitions for hyperbole

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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