1 extravagant exaggeration [syn: hyperbole]
2 the act of making something more noticeable than usual; "the dance involved a deliberate exaggeration of his awkwardness"
3 making to seem more important than it really is [syn: overstatement, magnification] [ant: understatement]
EtymologyFrom Latin exaggeratio
- Rhymes: -eɪʃǝn
- The act of heaping or piling up.
- The act of exaggerating; the act of doing or representing in an excessive manner; a going beyond the bounds of truth reason, or justice; a hyperbolical representation; hyperbole; overstatement.
- A representation of things beyond natural life, in expression, beauty, power, vigor.
Hyperbole ( hye-PER-buh-lee; "HYE-per-bowl" is a mispronunciation) comes from Greek "υπερβολή"=exaggeration and is a figure of speech in which statements are exaggerated. It may be used to evoke strong feelings or to create a strong impression, and is not meant to be taken literally.
Hyperbole is used to create emphasis. It is a literary device often used in poetry, and is frequently encountered in casual speech.
Some examples include: these books weigh a ton. (weigh a great deal) I could sleep for a year. (for a long time)
Antonyms to hyperbole include meiosis, litotes, understatement, and bathos (the 'let down' after a hyperbole in a phrase).
exaggeration in Bulgarian: Хипербола (литература)
exaggeration in Catalan: Hipèrbole
exaggeration in Czech: Hyperbola (literatura)
exaggeration in Welsh: Gormodiaith
exaggeration in German: Hyperbel (Sprache)
exaggeration in Spanish: Hipérbole
exaggeration in Basque: Hiperbole
exaggeration in French: Hyperbole (rhétorique)
exaggeration in Galician: Hipérbole
exaggeration in Croatian: Hiperbola (figura)
exaggeration in Icelandic: Ýkjur
exaggeration in Italian: Iperbole (figura retorica)
exaggeration in Hebrew: הגזמה
exaggeration in Lithuanian: Hiperbolė (menas)
exaggeration in Macedonian: Хипербола (лингвистика)
exaggeration in Dutch: Hyperbool (stijlfiguur)
exaggeration in Norwegian: Hyperbol
exaggeration in Polish: Hiperbola (teoria literatury)
exaggeration in Portuguese: Hipérbole (figura de estilo)
exaggeration in Romanian: Hiperbolă (figură de stil)
exaggeration in Russian: Гипербола (литература)
exaggeration in Simple English: Exaggeration
exaggeration in Slovak: Hyperbola (literatúra)
exaggeration in Finnish: Hype
exaggeration in Swedish: Hyperbol
exaggeration in Turkish: Abartıcılık
exaggeration in Ukrainian: Гіпербола
exaggeration in Chinese: 誇飾
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