from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To use hyperbole; exaggerate.
- transitive v. To express with hyperbole.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To exaggerate, use hyperbole.
- v. To represent or talk about with hyperbole.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To speak or write with exaggeration.
- transitive v. To state or represent hyperbolically.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To use hyperbole; speak or write with obvious exaggeration.
- To exaggerate; represent or speak of in a hyperbolical manner.
- Also spelled hyperbolise.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. to enlarge beyond bounds or the truth
Nov 30th, 2009 at 6: 42 pm deanlo: well he is semi-elitist and so has that sort of holier-than-thou attitude. but, is he actually that narrow minded or did he just hyperbolize for the camera? and then try to redeem himself with the Technicality Card by implying that he was only referring to Manhattan?
Don't just say what you don't want and then hyperbolize your position.
To be fair I did hyperbolize Mohler's position as "paddling about in intellectual backwaters," but I think he was less concerned about that unflattering image than he was about the point I was making.
The story line reads like a Manhattan thriller in which any moment the Midtown Tunnel will explode and Abdul will kill his hostages yet does so with a profound focus on the three subplots of New York real estate, an aging couple struggling with an ailing canine, and the media-politician marriage of convenience to hyperbolize the truth.
Science eventually catches up with those who hyperbolize about risks, and the public learns to disregard them.
I thought about those transforming birds, my green "bunny" bag, and how sometimes when we "hyperbolize" things, we are only trying to cover up the authentic Truth.
Modeling definitely has its role in earth science, but some modelers hyperbolize its role as the end-all-be-all, the thing that will answer everything.
So next time you hyperbolize you might want to at least stick an “almost” in front of your “all.”
B&D is indeed also a collection of blogs and personal essays, including contributions of personal essays by friends (many of whom are also authors) who tend to hyperbolize a bit (in one I'm a gun-toting librarian, in another I'm a dame with hot gams and a problem for a PI).
It is possible to hyperbolize about the rise of China.
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