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Meaning of HYPERBOLE

Pronunciation:  hI'purbulee

WordNet Dictionary
[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
\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.

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