[ hahy-per-bol-ik ]
/ ˌhaɪ pərˈbɒl ɪk /
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having the nature of hyperbole; exaggerated.
using hyperbole; exaggerating.
- of or relating to a hyperbola.
- 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
OTHER WORDS FROM hyperbolic
hy·per·bol·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·hy·per·bol·ic, adjectivenon·hy·per·bol·i·cal, adjectivenon·hy·per·bol·i·cal·ly, adverb
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How to use hyperbolic in a sentence
Liberals have as much right to parade publicly in the Mall, bearing hyperbolical placards, as do conservatives.Sanity Is Overrated|Tunku Varadarajan|October 29, 2010|DAILY BEAST
Many expressions in the prophets are hyperbolical or metaphorical, and must not be taken literally.A History of Mediaeval Jewish Philosophy|Isaac Husik
An Oriental metaphor, however hyperbolical, slips as easily from his lips as though it had always rested there.The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan|James Morier
Nothing was now too good for the poor Cocoa Man, no compliment too wildly hyperbolical.Notes of a Camp-Follower on the Western Front|E. W. Hornung
Neither have I spoken in hyperbolical terms, to make the wrong impression.
I cannot help suspecting that much of this hyperbolical praise of Sedley was obliquely designed to mortify Dryden.The Works of John Dryden, Volume 5 (of 18)|John Dryden
British Dictionary definitions for hyperbolic
/ (ˌhaɪpəˈbɒlɪk) /
of or relating to a hyperbola
rhetoric of or relating to a hyperbole
Derived forms of hyperbolichyperbolically, adverb
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