from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A figure of speech in which exaggeration is used for emphasis or effect, as in I could sleep for a year or This book weighs a ton.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Extreme exaggeration or overstatement; especially as a literary or rhetorical device.
- n. Deliberate exaggeration.
- n. An instance or example of this technique.
- n. A hyperbola.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In rhetoric, an obvious exaggeration; an extravagant statement or assertion not intended to be understood literally.
- n. Synonyms See exaggeration.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. extravagant exaggeration
Latin hyperbolē, from Greek huperbolē, excess, from huperballein, to exceed : huper, beyond; see hyper- + ballein, to throw; see gwelə- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin hyperbole, from Ancient Greek ὑπερβολή (huperbolē, "excess, exaggeration"), from ὑπέρ (huper, "above") + βάλλω (ballō, "I throw"). (Wiktionary)