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HYPERBOLE. [Stress: ‘high-PER-bo-ly’]. A term in RHETORIC for exaggeration or overstatement, usually deliberate and not meant to be taken (too) literally: ‘Old Celtic myths have been springing up around these hills and lakes since the very start of time’ ( Tom Davies, ‘Home & Garden’, Times Saturday Review, 18 Aug. 1990). Everyday idioms are often hyperbolic: a flood of tears, loads of room, tons of money, waiting for ages, as old as the hills, having the time of one's life. Their purpose is effect and emphasis, but frequency of use diminishes their impact.

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hyperbole

hy·per·bo·le / hīˈpərbəlē/ • n. exaggerated statements or claims not meant to be taken literally. DERIVATIVES: hy·per·bol·i·cal / ˌhīpərˈbälikəl/ adj. hy·per·bol·i·cal·ly / ˌhīpərˈbälik(ə)lē/ adv. hy·per·bo·lism / -ˌlizəm/ n.

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hyperbole

hyperbole (hīpûr´bəlē), a figure of speech in which exceptional exaggeration is deliberately used for emphasis rather than deception. Andrew Marvell employed hyperbole throughout To His Coy Mistress:

An hundred years should go to praise
Thine eyes and on thy forehead gaze;
Two hundred to adore each breast;
But thirty thousand to the rest …

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hyperbole Rhetorical device in which an obvious exaggeration is used to create an effect without being meant literally, such as “the music is loud enough to wake the dead”.

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