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[ hahy-per-bol-ik ]


  1. having the nature of hyperbole; exaggerated.
  2. using hyperbole; exaggerating.
  3. Mathematics.
    1. of or relating to a hyperbola.
    2. derived from a hyperbola, as a hyperbolic function.


/ ˌhaɪpəˈbɒlɪk /


  1. of or relating to a hyperbola
  2. rhetoric of or relating to a hyperbole

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Derived Forms

  • ˌhyperˈbolically, adverb

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Other Words From

  • hyper·boli·cal·ly adverb
  • nonhy·per·bolic adjective
  • nonhy·per·boli·cal adjective
  • nonhy·per·boli·cal·ly adverb
  • semi·hyper·bolic adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of hyperbolic1

1640–50; hyperbole or hyperbol(a) + -ic

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Example Sentences

All four men had publicly couched their opposition to mainstream public health efforts in the typically hyperbolic and sometimes paranoid rhetoric of conservative talk radio.

I could be being hyperbolic — it is just a video game after all — but the hold that this game had on my youth was unlike any other.

However, the hyperbolic language and imagery of brutal experimentation prevents medical providers from honestly confronting the various issues that do exist within the field.

She has gained national attention for her embrace of conspiracy theories and her hyperbolic rhetoric.

Because it had a hyperbolic, or escape, orbit around the Sun, 'Oumuamua is unlikely to pass our way again.

Again his language was hyperbolic, saying that the scheme would do more damage than the Luftwaffe had managed in World War II.

But this new crop of hyperbolic Clintonistas seems different.

It would be hyperbolic to crown Steve Beshear as a profile in courage.

Indeed, after nearly four years, there is a treasure trove of hyperbolic, over-the-top soundbites about it.

H.L. Mencken, admittedly a fast man with a hyperbolic comparison, thought him more profound than Henry James.

Such Oriental hyperbolic gratitude would have satisfied the greediest benefactor, and was infinitely in excess of what he owed me.

The real facts never became known, but the tales of these stirring times have been handed down in more or less hyperbolic form.

In many of these instances the hyperbolic gold and silver of the writers would undoubtedly be bronze.

In an hyperbolic involution any two conjugate points are harmonic conjugates with regard to the two foci.

In an hyperbolic involution the centre is the middle point between the foci.


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