hyperbole
noun Etymology: Latin, from Greek hyperbolē excess, hyperbole, hyperbola, from hyperballein to exceed, from hyper- + ballein to throw — more at devil Date: 15th century extravagant exaggeration (as “mile-high ice-cream cones”) • hyperbolist noun

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  • hyperbole — [ ipɛrbɔl ] n. f. • yperbole XIIIe; lat. hyperbole, gr. huperbolê, de huper « au dessus » et ballein « lancer » I ♦ Rhét. Figure de style qui consiste à mettre en relief une idée au moyen d une expression qui la dépasse (opposé à litote). ⇒ …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • hyperbole — early 15c., from L. hyperbole, from Gk. hyperbole exaggeration, extravagance, related to hyperballein to throw over or beyond, from hyper beyond + bole a throwing, a casting, the stroke of a missile, bolt, beam, from bol , nom. stem of ballein to …   Etymology dictionary

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Hypérbŏlē — (griech.), Hyperbel (s. d.); hyperbolisch, übertreibend; hyperbolisieren, in Hyperbeln reden, übertreiben …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • hyperbole — I noun aggrandizement, amplification, enhancement, enlargement, exaggeration, extravagance, magnification, overemphasis, overenlargement, overstatement II index bombast, caricature, distortion, exaggeration …   Law dictionary

  • hyperbole — *exaggeration, overstatement …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • hyperbole — pronounced hiy per bǝ li, is a figure of speech involving an exaggerated statement that is not meant to be taken literally, e.g. a thousand apologies. It should not be confused with hyperbola, pronounced hiy per bǝ lǝ, a term in geometry …   Modern English usage

  • hyperbole — [n] exaggeration amplification, big talk*, coloring*, distortion, embellishment, embroidering, enlargement, hype*, laying it on thick*, magnification, metaphor, mountain out of molehill*, overstatement, PR*, tall talk*; concept 268 Ant.… …   New thesaurus

  • hyperbole — ► NOUN ▪ deliberate exaggeration, not meant to be taken literally. DERIVATIVES hyperbolical adjective hyperbolically adverb. ORIGIN Greek huperbol excess , from ballein to throw …   English terms dictionary

  • hyperbole — [hī pʉr′bə lē] n. [L < Gr: see HYPERBOLA] exaggeration for effect and not meant to be taken literally (Ex: He s as strong as an ox.) …   English World dictionary

  • hyperbole — (i per bo l ) s. f. 1°   Figure de rhétorique qui consiste à augmenter ou à diminuer excessivement la vérité des choses pour qu elle produise plus d impression. •   Parlons sans hyperbole et sans plaisanterie, DUCLOS Sat. X. •   Et bientôt vous… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

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