hyperbole
[ hahy-pur-buh-lee ]
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Part of Speech noun
Origin + Etymology
via Latin from Greek huperbolē
Synonyms
  • hype
  • overstatement
  • amplification
  • embellishment
  • enlargement
Antonyms
  • compression
  • decrease
  • lessening
  • understatement
Definition
obvious and intentional exaggeration; an extravagant statement or figure of speech not intended to be taken literally, as “to wait an eternity.”
Example
Sally's father spoke in hyperbole, telling her she was grounded for eternity after she broke the law.
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