Word of the Day: Hyperbole

hy·per·bo·le

noun \hī-ˈpər-bə-(ˌ)lē\

: language that describes something as better or worse than it really is

Full Definition of HYPERBOLE

:  extravagant exaggeration (as mile-high ice-cream cones)
— hy·per·bo·list  noun

Examples of HYPERBOLE

  1. <enough food to feed a whole army is a common example of hyperbole>
  2. Four decades later we’re all blabbermouths, adrift on a sea of hyperbole, shouting to be heard. —Steve Rushin, Sports Illustrated, 1 Apr. 2002


Origin of HYPERBOLE

Latin, from Greek hyperbolē excess, hyperbole, hyperbola, from hyperballein to exceed, from hyper- + ballein to throw — more at devil

First Known Use: 15th century
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