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

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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Examples from the Web for hyperbolical

Historical Examples of hyperbolical

  • Among Orientals all such titles are towering and hyperbolical.

    A Chesterton Calendar

    G. K. Chesterton

  • Quære, whether to say the sun is outshined be too bold and hyperbolical?

  • A hyperbolical way of speaking is mere flippancy, and should be avoided.

    Our Deportment

    John H. Young

  • He would have sneered at this strain in another as hyperbolical and fatuous.

    At Last

    Marion Harland

  • The Indian language is bold and figurative, abounding in hyperbolical expressions, and is said to be susceptible of much elegance.

British Dictionary definitions for hyperbolical




of or relating to a hyperbola
rhetoric of or relating to a hyperbole
Derived Formshyperbolically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for hyperbolical



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper