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Definition of "hyperbole" []

  • 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. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "hyperbole" in a sentence
  • "But if his hyperbole is a little unfair, it's not foolish; it would be far more foolish to underestimate the import of the sublime, the degree to which the fame of those rhapsodes rests on how responsive people are to that aesthetic."
  • "It appears that you are looking past what you call hyperbole only to replace it with your own hyperbole by reading too much into this situation."
  • "Responding in kind to exaggeration or hyperbole is neither “appropriate” nor effective."