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Hyperbole Definition

Hyperbole is an acute overstatement that is used to make a point. It is the counter of “understatement.” It is from a Greek word called “excess” or “over-casting”, which involves an exaggeration of interpretation for the benefit of emphasis. Hyperboles can also be found in oral communication. Hyperboles are like metaphors and similies, but are bizarre and even stupid. A hyperbole is an illusory embellishment to emphasize the real situation. By using hyperbole, a writer makes human feelings significant to such a degree that they do not stay normal. 

Common Examples of Hyperbole
  • My grandmother is as old as the hills.
  • And the river jumps over the mountain
  • Your baggage weighs a ton!

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