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hyperbole Syllabification: hy·per·bo·le
Pronunciation: /hīˈpərbəlē/

Definition of hyperbole in English:


Exaggerated statements or claims not meant to be taken literally.
Example sentences
  • Behind every food scare, there is a barrage of claims and counter-claims, hyperbole and damage limitation.
  • Whether Alice actually wanted to put a hospital in the casino or the claim is merely gossipy hyperbole is unclear.
  • He's using exaggeration and hyperbole to be entertaining - lots of writers do that.
exaggeration, overstatement, magnification, embroidery, embellishment, excess, overkill, rhetoric
informal purple prose, puffery


Pronunciation: /ˌhīpərˈbälək(ə)l/
Example sentences
  • According to the publisher's hyperbolical publicity, the book covers ‘every aspect’ of Western medical history.
  • Even if one goes so far as to say that the use of flashlight powder is ‘dangerous’, it is hyperbolical to describe it as ‘extra-hazardous’.
  • Earlier this year a legendary figure in the hyperbolical world of ‘supermarket’ tabloids, the inimitable Eddie Clontz, died.
Pronunciation: /ˌhīpərˈbälik(ə)lē/
Example sentences
  • The poem opens hyperbolically with an image of an innocent young nymph who spends her days reclining in the grass.
  • But his account of the possibilities for response to this inheritance is hyperbolically overblown.
  • Even Roger Ebert, who hyperbolically called it the worst film he'd ever seen at the festival, has given his upward-thumb to this renovated version.
Pronunciation: /hīˈpərbəˌlizəm/
Example sentences
  • This, of course, is expressed in poetry in which hyperbolism, exaggeration, is the fundamental law.
  • Like the Caroline poets of his epoch, Brome's use of rhetorical hyperbolism is also linked to the eye of the one who beholds.
  • It is no hyperbolism that the campaign period is the most critical and sensitive stage in any presidential and parliamentary elections.


Late Middle English: via Latin from Greek huperbolē (see hyperbola).

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