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hyperbole


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Hyperbole  \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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  hyperbole 
  n  :  extravagant  exaggeration  [syn:  {exaggeration}] 




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