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definition of the word hyperbole

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From Latin hyperbole < Ancient Greek ὑπερβολή (huperbolē) "excess, exaggeration < ὑπέρ (huper) "above" + βάλλω (ballō) "I throw".



hyperbole (plural hyperboles)

  1. (uncountable) Extreme exaggeration or overstatement; especially as a literary or rhetorical device.
  2. (uncountable) Deliberate exaggeration.
  3. (countable) An instance or example of this technique.
  4. (countable, obsolete) A hyperbola.

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