Definition of hyperbole noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//haɪˈpɜːbəli//
; NAmE NAmE//haɪˈpɜːrbəli//
[uncountable, countable, usually singular] Linguistic devices
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a way of speaking or writing that makes something sound better, more exciting, more dangerous, etc. than it really is synonym exaggeration The film is being promoted with all the usual hyperbole. He’s not usually given to hyperbole. Wordfinderalliteration, euphemism, figure of speech, hyperbole, image, litotes, metaphor, metonymy, onomatopoeia, paradox See related entries: Linguistic devices Word Originlate Middle English: via Latin from Greek huperbolē ‘excess’ (from huper ‘above’ + ballein ‘to throw’).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: hyperbole