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Meaning of HYPERBOLE

Pronunciation:  hI'purbulee

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[n]  extravagant exaggeration
 

HYPERBOLE is a 9 letter word that starts with H.

 

 Synonyms: exaggeration
 
 See Also: figure, figure of speech, image, trope

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Hy*per"bo*le\, n. [L., fr. Gr?, prop., an
overshooting, excess, fr. Gr. ? to throw over or beyond;
"ype`r over + ? to throw. See {Hyper-}, {Parable}, and cf.
{Hyperbola}.] (Rhet.)
A figure of speech in which the expression is an evident
exaggeration of the meaning intended to be conveyed, or by
which things are represented as much greater or less, better
or worse, than they really are; a statement exaggerated
fancifully, through excitement, or for effect.

      Our common forms of compliment are almost all of them
      extravagant hyperboles.                  --Blair.

      Somebody has said of the boldest figure in rhetoric,
      the hyperbole, that it lies without deceiving.
                                               --Macaulay.

 
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