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  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.
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Also hy·per·bol·i·cal.

Origin of hyperbolic

1640–50; hyperbole or hyperbol(a) + -ic
Related formshy·per·bol·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·hy·per·bol·ic, adjectivenon·hy·per·bol·i·cal, adjectivenon·hy·per·bol·i·cal·ly, adverbsem·i·hy·per·bol·ic, adjective
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  1. of or relating to a hyperbola
  2. rhetoric of or relating to a hyperbole
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Derived Formshyperbolically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for hyperbolic


1640s (iperbolical is from early 15c.), from Greek hyperbolikos "extravagant," from hyperbole "extravagance," literally "a throwing beyond" (see hyperbole). Geometric sense is from 1670s. Related: Hyperbolically.

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