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  • noun rhetoric A form of hyperbole that uses exaggeration so magnified as to express impossibility


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From Ancient Greek ἀδυνατον (adynaton, "an impossibility, impracticality"), from α- (a-, "without") + δύναμαι (dynamai, "I am powerful, I am able")



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  • JM knows that exaggerating an actual event by reference to something impossible is not part of his adynaton tendencies.

    June 13, 2010

  • For ruzuzu:

    Kad pūcei aste ziedēs ("When an owl's tail blooms")

    September 21, 2018

  • Paldies, vendingmachine! I hadn't heard that one before--though it fits perfectly with bird's milk and blooming fern.

    September 24, 2018