Word of the Day Archive
Wednesday November 3, 2010
1. Using hyperbole; exaggerating.
2. Of or pertaining to a hyperbola.
Mrs. Newell, for all her talents, was not by nature either humorous or hyperbolic, and there were times when it would doubtless have been a relief to her to be as stolid as some of the persons whose dullness it was her fate to enliven.
-- Edith Wharton, The hermit and the wild woman
But now Jane Austen probably joined other readers in observing that Burney had not moved with the times and was still writing largely in the mode of the late eighteenth century, with hyperbolic sentimental style and tropes.
-- Jane Austen, Janet M. Todd, Antje Blank, Persuasion
Hyperbolic is an alteration of the Greek hyperbole, hyper- meaning "beyond" and -bole "a throwing" (related to -bolt.)