Hyperbole definition

hī-pûrbə-lē
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.
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Exaggeration for effect and not meant to be taken literally (Ex: He's as strong as an ox.)
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(uncountable) Deliberate exaggeration.
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The definition of hyperbole is a description that is exaggerated for emphasis.

An example of hyperbole is saying you are so hungry you could eat a horse.

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(uncountable) Extreme exaggeration or overstatement; especially as a literary or rhetorical device.
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(countable) An instance or example of this technique.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
hyperbole
Plural:
hyperboles

Origin of hyperbole

  • Latin hyperbolē from Greek huperbolē excess from huperballein to exceed huper beyond hyper– ballein to throw gwelə- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin hyperbolē, from Ancient Greek ὑπερβολή (huperbolē, “excess, exaggeration”), from ὑπέρ (huper, “above”) + βάλλω (ballō, “I throw”).

    From Wiktionary