Hyperbole

Pronunciation: [ hahy-pur-buh-lee ]


Definition: noun

obvious and intentional exaggeration; an extravagant statement or figure of speech not intended to be taken literally, as “to wait an eternity.”

Origin: Late Middle English; Greek


Etymology: via Latin from Greek huperbolē


Usage:


Synonyms:

  • hype

  • overstatement

  • amplification

  • embellishment

  • enlargement

Antonyms:

  • compression

  • decrease

  • lessening

  • understatement

Example:

Sally's father spoke in hyperbole, telling her she was grounded for eternity after she broke the law.

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