American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
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.
- n. uncountable Extreme exaggeration or overstatement; especially as a literary or rhetorical device.
- n. uncountable Deliberate exaggeration.
- n. countable An instance or example of this technique.
- n. countable, obsolete A hyperbola.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (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.
- n. extravagant exaggeration
- From Latin hyperbole, from Ancient Greek ὑπερβολή (huperbolē, "excess, exaggeration"), from ὑπέρ (huper, "above") + βάλλω (ballō, "I throw"). (Wiktionary)
- 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)
“But if his hyperbole is a little unfair, it's not foolish; it would be far more foolish to underestimate the import of the sublime, the degree to which the fame of those rhapsodes rests on how responsive people are to that aesthetic.”
“It appears that you are looking past what you call hyperbole only to replace it with your own hyperbole by reading too much into this situation.”
“Responding in kind to exaggeration or hyperbole is neither “appropriate” nor effective.”
“His hyperbole is intended to prevent informed debate in the fear that people will stop their partisan bickering long enough to actually see that his bill is lousy.”
“Because you chose to engage in hyperbole, and use the word “dwarfed”, you are now in an indefensible position, and you know it.”
“Aside from the fact that your hyperbole is laughable, I believe it is you and Dawkins who have missed the mark on this.”
“Your hyperbole is off the wall. 33% of Americans oppose the death penalty for murder, as do 40% of Democrats, but only 20% GOP per Galliup Poll in 2007.”
“I guess hyperbole is only acceptable from the Left.”
“More hyperbole from the talker - how about those 5,000,000 new jobs you promised - Don't talk to us in generalities, or hyperbole, or abstracts – just the facts man, just the facts. where are the jobs? when are our retirment savings accounts gonna get back to where they were?”
“My hope is that as the Republicans continue to speak only in hyperbole, the public will begin to doubt them.”
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