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hyperbole

hy·per·bo·le

hyperbole

 
pronunciation:
haI puhr b li
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Word Combinations (noun)
part of speech: noun
definition: in rhetoric, an obvious and deliberate exaggeration or overstatement, intended for effect and not to be taken literally, such as "He had a million excuses". (Cf. litotes.)
Much of the writer's humor arose from his brilliant use of hyperbole.
synonyms:
exaggeration, overstatement
antonyms:
litotes, understatement
similar words:
inflation
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