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What Are Examples Of Hyperbole?
Hyperbole is a super-exaggerated way of describing something for the sake of emphasis that often borders on the fantastical or ridiculous. But what are some examples of hyperbole?
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What is hyperbole?
Hyperbole is an intentional, obvious exaggeration, such as I hit that dang piñata a million times before it broke.
Hyperbole is not supposed to be taken literally. The reader or listener is supposed to know that the user of hyperbole is joking or not being serious, as in It took them forever to finally finish raking the leaves.
The adjective form of hyperbole is hyperbolic, as in My grandfather often told me hyperbolic stories of walking 30 miles to go to school.
The opposite of hyperbole is litotes, an intentional understatement, as in Leonardo da Vinci was not bad at painting.
Why is hyperbole important?
The first records of the term hyperbole come from around 1520. It comes from the Greek hyperbolḗ, meaning “excess” or “exaggeration.” Hyperbole has been used for centuries in English, and even William Shakespeare used it in his works.
Hyperbole is a particularly common figure of speech, which even children often engage in. A very happy teenager may describe a birthday as the greatest day of all time or a painfully bored child might complain that the family has been driving for weeks.
A figure of speech is a nonliteral use of language intended to be expressive and create a special effect with our words. We use hyperbole to exaggerate, litotes to understate, and similes and metaphors to compare seemingly unlike things to show a way they are alike. Other figures of speech include personification, alliteration, and oxymorons. Hyperbole and other figures of speech can make our writing and speeches more interesting and engaging.
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Hyperboles are also common in advertising. Because they can’t actually lie about what their product does, many ads will instead humorously exaggerate how good or effective the product is. For example, in an ad a sports drink might give a person superhuman speed or an electric razor might transform an average man into an attractive male celebrity.
What are real-life examples of hyperbole?
Here are some examples of hyperbole used in children’s movies:
People use hyperboles every day.
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Someone recently told me I often speak in hyperboles but that’s literally the craziest thing I’ve ever heard.
— Tracy J Meunier (@1biteatatimeTJ) August 28, 2020
What other words are related to hyperbole?
Is the following sentence an example of a hyperbole?
I am so good at football that they should name the entire sport after me.
How to use hyperbole in a sentence
When I say it knows nothing about these countries, I’m really not using hyperbole.'Major American Failure.’ A Political Scientist on Why the U.S. Lost in Afghanistan|Philip Elliott|August 18, 2021|Time
They were one hyperbole away from rewriting history to say that the first brick thrown at Stonewall was actually Tom Daley hurling his gold medal.The 2021 Olympics Are an Inspiring, Infuriating Shitshow|Kevin Fallon|July 30, 2021|The Daily Beast
"Everything" is clear hyperbole—the overwhelming majority of things on Earth are not crabs and seemingly have no plans to become them.On Earth, things evolve into crabs—could the same be true in space?|Doug Johnson|July 29, 2021|Ars Technica
Microsoft squeezed a lot into a 45-minute online launch presentation filled with hyperbole about making Windows feel like “home” and partly derailed by streaming challenges.
In an age exhausted from internet hyperbole, that may actually be a reasonable leap.The Dazzling ‘In the Heights’ May Be the Best Movie Musical in Decades|Kevin Fallon|June 11, 2021|The Daily Beast
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
Unfortunately, Buchanan is not engaging in idle hyperbole or in simple wishful thinking.
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
But in a media age of hypercharged hyperbole, there is little room for gray.
The hyperbole of bores it is, to bore Congress for a hundred thousand dollars to go to the Pole!
Though my long exile had well-nigh cost me the trick of it, I made shift to drop into the stately Indian hyperbole.The Master of Appleby|Francis Lynde
There is one on the dowager countess of Pembroke (d. 1621), remarkable for its successful use of a somewhat daring hyperbole.
Hyperbole is an exaggerated form of statement, and is used to magnify or diminish an object.Elementary Guide to Literary Criticism|F. V. N. Painter
It was so ever-present with him that there was neither paradox nor hyperbole in his words: I am never alone when I am alone.The Life of Ludwig van Beethoven, Volume III (of 3)|Alexander Wheelock Thayer
British Dictionary definitions for hyperbole
Derived forms of hyperbolehyperbolism, noun
Word Origin for hyperbole
Cultural definitions for hyperbole
An exaggerated, extravagant expression. It is hyperbole to say, “I'd give my whole fortune for a bowl of bean soup.”