Hyperbole

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Hyperbole Meaning and Definition in Dictionary

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  • extravagant exaggeration

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  • extravagant exaggeration

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Hyperbole Meaning and Definition in Wikipedia


Exaggeration is a term for a figure of speech. It means the describing of something and making it more than it really is. The verb is to exaggerate.

An example of exaggeration would be: “I was walking along when suddenly this enormous dog walked along. It was as big as an elephant”. The dog may have been big, but it was certainly not as big as that. Another example of exaggeration would be: “I caught a fish as big as my house.”

Overstatement is another word that means almost the same thing. The opposite of overstatement is understatement.

A hyperbole (IPA:) is a type of exaggeration that is used in literature. It is a figure of speech. The opposite of hyperbole is hypobole, which is an understatement.



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Hyperbole Sample Sentences in News


  • Netanyahu apologizes over election hyperbole
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu apologized for what some are saying were offensive statements made about Arabs voting during the Israeli election. Read more on this news related to 'Hyperbole'
  • Guest Column: The mountains offer clarity in a sea of fog
    The change in temperature from tropical to Arctic you ll forgive the slight hyperbole, I hope and the resulting 50 shades of gray enveloping our city has cast a gloom on many of us. Ira Gershwin had the same response to a foggy day in London town: Read more on this news related to 'Hyperbole'
  • Letters to the Editor: March 18, 2015
    A responsible article ("Wild Meets Mild," March 11) on a difficult subject with no simple answers. A refreshing change from the hyperbole reported by local newspapers. Read more on this news related to 'Hyperbole'

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