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Hyperbole Definition

A large exageration, usually used with humor.


Hyperbole Poem Example

The fish was a football field and a granny long.


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Other Hyperbole Definition

[n] extravagant exaggeration

Synonyms

exaggeration

Misc. Definitions

\Hy*per"bo*le\, n. [L., fr. Gr?, prop., an overshooting, excess, fr. Gr. ? to throw over or beyond; "ype`r over + ? to throw. See {Hyper-}, {Parable}, and cf. {Hyperbola}.] (Rhet.) A figure of speech in which the expression is an evident exaggeration of the meaning intended to be conveyed, or by which things are represented as much greater or less, better or worse, than they really are; a statement exaggerated fancifully, through excitement, or for effect. Our common forms of compliment are almost all of them extravagant hyperboles. --Blair. Somebody has said of the boldest figure in rhetoric, the hyperbole, that it lies without deceiving. --Macaulay.

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