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 hyperbolically

Contemporary Examples of hyperbolically

Historical Examples of hyperbolically

  • “Oh, William Knight knows everything,” said Rhoda, hyperbolically.

    The Maidens' Lodge

    Emily Sarah Holt

  • It signifies that you think of our talk yesterday hyperbolically.

  • I, however, continued to think the compliment to Garrick hyperbolically untrue.

    Life of Johnson

    James Boswell

  • That flits upon an orbit elliptically or parabolically or hyperbolically curved, keeping no man knows what trysts with Time.

    The Rhythm of Life

    Alice Meynell

  • No one expresses himself so hyperbolically as the jurist Ulrich Zasius of Freiburg. '

British Dictionary definitions for hyperbolically




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 hyperbolically



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