The definition of hyperbole is a description that is exaggerated for emphasis.noun
An example of hyperbole is saying you are so hungry you could eat a horse.YourDictionary definition and usage example. Copyright © 2013 by LoveToKnow Corp.
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exaggeration for effect and not meant to be taken literally (Ex: He's as strong as an ox.)
L < Gr: see hyperbola
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A figure of speech in which exaggeration is used for emphasis or effect, as in I could sleep for a year or This book weighs a ton.
Origin: Latin hyperbolē, from Greek huperbolē, excess, from huperballein, to exceed : huper, beyond; see hyper- + ballein, to throw; see gwelə- in Indo-European roots.
hyperbole - Cultural Definition
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An exaggerated, extravagant expression. It is hyperbole to say, “I'd give my whole fortune for a bowl of bean soup.”