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hyperbole

[hahy-pur-buh-lee] /haɪˈpɜr bə li/
noun, Rhetoric
1.
obvious and intentional exaggeration.
2.
an extravagant statement or figure of speech not intended to be taken literally, as “to wait an eternity.”.
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Origin of hyperbole
1520-1530
1520-30; < Greek hyperbolḗ excess, exaggeration, throwing beyond, equivalent to hyper- hyper- + bolḗ throw
Synonyms
2. overstatement.
Antonyms
2. understatement.
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hyperbole

/haɪˈpɜːbəlɪ/
noun
1.
a deliberate exaggeration used for effect: he embraced her a thousand times
Derived Forms
hyperbolism, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Greek: from hyper- + bolē a throw, from ballein to throw
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Word Origin and History for hyperbole
n.

early 15c., from Latin hyperbole, from Greek hyperbole "exaggeration, extravagance," related to hyperballein "to throw over or beyond," from hyper- "beyond" + bole "a throwing, a casting, the stroke of a missile, bolt, beam," from bol-, nominative stem of ballein "to throw" (see ballistics). Rhetorical sense is found in Aristotle and Isocrates.

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hyperbole in Culture
hyperbole [(heye-pur-buh-lee)]

An exaggerated, extravagant expression. It is hyperbole to say, “I'd give my whole fortune for a bowl of bean soup.”

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