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Tuesday, January 09, 2001

hyperbole

\hy-PUHR-buh-lee\ , noun;
1.
Extravagant exaggeration.
Quotes:
Oh God, was he a hater of hyperbole? A stickler for accuracy?
-- Delia Ephron, Big City Eyes
Even allowing for Wylie's hyperbole, his words seemed to me far removed from reality.
-- F. Carolyn Graglia, Domestic Tranquility
Those were the days when I still liked hyperbole, before an excess of real drama killed my taste for the manufactured kind.
-- Katherine Russell Rich, The Red Devil
Origin:
Hyperbole comes from Greek hyperbole, "excess," from hyperballein, "to exceed," from hyper, "beyond" + ballein, "to throw."
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