hyperbole

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n hyperbole extravagant exaggeration
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Hyperbole (Rhet) A figure of speech in which the expression is an evident exaggeration of the meaning intended to be conveyed, or by which things are represented as much greater or less, better or worse, than they really are; a statement exaggerated fancifully, through excitement, or for effect. "Our common forms of compliment are almost all of them extravagant hyperboles .""Somebody has said of the boldest figure in rhetoric, the hyperbole , that it lies without deceiving."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n hyperbole In rhetoric, an obvious exaggeration; an extravagant statement or assertion not intended to be understood literally.
    • n hyperbole Synonyms See exaggeration.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Hyperbole hī-per′bo-le a rhetorical figure which produces a vivid impression by representing things as much greater or less than they really are—not expecting to be taken literally: an obvious exaggeration
    • v.i Hyperbole to speak hyperbolically or with exaggeration
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., fr. Gr, prop., an overshooting, excess, fr. Gr. to throw over or beyond; "ype`r over + to throw. See Hyper- Parable, and cf. Hyperbola

Usage

In literature:

The Americans delight in the hyperbole; in fact they hardly have a metaphor without it.
"Diary in America, Series One" by Frederick Marryat (AKA Captain Marryat)
The hyperbole is their principal forte, but what is lying but imagination?
"Diary in America, Series Two" by Frederick Marryat (AKA Captain Marryat)
With no conscious hyperbole did he address one as 'Angel.
"Ghetto Comedies" by Israel Zangwill
The wild beauty of this hyperbole, I may say, in passing, it would not be easy to match in literature.
"Nature" by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Love speaks "in a perpetual hyperbole," said Bacon.
"Flowers of Freethought" by George W. Foote
That seems to me a fine hyperbole.
"The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898 - Volume 40 of 55" by Francisco Colin
Love is the only passion that justifies a perpetual hyperbole, i. e., poetic exaggeration.
"Life and Literature" by J. Purver Richardson
But love is at least a somewhat hyperbolical expression for such lukewarm preference.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition" by Robert Louis Stevenson
He expressed this hyperbolism to allay some disappointment which his friend felt in not hearing him.
"Talkers" by John Bate
But there was no cake-walk hyperbole in it.
"The Monster and Other Stories" by Stephen Crane
Had he spoken in terrific hyperbole when he admitted that no doubt it was "a picturesque life"?
"Aliens" by William McFee
There are conditions in which it is scarcely a hyperbole to say that slavery itself is a stage on the road to freedom.
"The History of Freedom" by John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
Thanks to beautiful and permissible hyperbole, you have begun with sensation in your description of love, and have ended with sentiment.
"The Kempton-Wace Letters" by Jack London
What was the idea of these ostentatious hyperboles of passion?
"Their Son; The Necklace" by Eduardo Zamacois
Henceforth I must love her as Von Eckhardt professed to do, or was his protestation mere hyperbole?
"The Red Symbol" by John Ironside
It is conceivable that a comet might revolve in a hyperbolic orbit.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 7" by Various
Such hyperboles can neither touch the heart nor gratify the understanding.
"The Works of Alexander Pope, Volume 1" by Alexander Pope
Reft of hyperbole, his narrative was plain enough.
"'Tween Snow and Fire" by Bertram Mitford
Call me a hyperbole, a rectangled triangle, a parenthesis, or a hyphen.
"Gabriel Tolliver" by Joel Chandler Harris
But, when the hyperboles of M. Charles d'Hericault are reduced to their simplest terms, Gringore remains a remarkable figure.
"A Short History of French Literature" by George Saintsbury
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In poetry:

Full many a tale of wild romance, and myth,
In large hyperbole the New World told,
And down from days of Raleigh and of Smith
The Colonies meant gold.
"Arms And The Man - The Oaks And The Tempest" by James Barron Hope

In news:

Even by the accepted standards of campaign hyperbole, E. T Tshabalala dares to be bold.
And because of that, I suppose if he saw that sentence, he'd suggest it's in no way true, that it's hyperbole.
He would make plagiarism and hyperbole his book-writing template for the next 25 years.
Last Spot Is a Hyperbolic Mix of Cheeky Stunt and Verisimilitude.
THE rodeo has always inspired hyperbole.
Usually, I'd be all over NBA commissioner David Stern for some unmitigated hyperbole.
With calculated hyperbole, he declared that the history of painting ended with his black paintings, in which obdurate monochromism subdued color to near invisibility.
The term " showstopper " is basically just empty hyperbole at this point.
While the title of Kern's upcoming book may seem hyperbolic, Kern wrote that she was verbally stoned by bloggers, activists, the media and those attempting to achieve their own political objectives.
It may seem hyperbolical to say it, but the exhibition "Men of Fire" at the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center in Springs is incendiary in many ways, both obvious and implied.
As the Whitney Biennial launches this week to the usual hyperbolic chorus of yays and nays, behind the scenes at the museum, a major change is happening.
I don't mean to be hyperbolic, but Thiensville, Wisconsin resident Bill Wisth is one of the bravest defenders of liberty in the history of the United States.
With all the hyperbole being thrown at Rev.
The man who led the successful 2009 campaign to effect a voter veto of Maine's law that legalized same-sex marriage thought the campaign's ads contained hyperbole.
It was, without hyperbole, a whale of a show.
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In science:

Analogously to the elliptic case a non-linear system can be defined to be hyperbolic if its linearization about any solution is hyperbolic.
Applications of the theory of evolution equations to general relativity
Since metric bal ls in the hyperbolic space are diffeomorphic to standard bal ls in Rn one derives that Vπ1 (M ) is linear for any compact hyperbolic manifold M .
A refinement of the simple connectivity at infinity of groups
We consider some general classes of random dynamical systems and show that a priori very weak nonuniform hyperbolicity conditions actually imply uniform hyperbolicity.
Uniform hyperbolicity for random maps with positive Lyapunov exponents
Our main goal in this paper is to show that in several cases, uniform hyperbolicity estimates can be obtained from some a priori strictly weaker nonuniform hyperbolicity assumptions.
Uniform hyperbolicity for random maps with positive Lyapunov exponents
Alves, J. F.; Araujo, V.; Saussol, B., On the uniform hyperbolicity of some nonuniformly hyperbolic systems, Proc.
Uniform hyperbolicity for random maps with positive Lyapunov exponents
However, in some cases, although the nonwandering set of the flow contains only the hyperbolic periodic orbits and the hyperbolic fixed points, the flow is not a Morse-Smale flow because of the existence of “cycles” which consist of some orbits “connecting” different invariant sets and form a closed curve.
Conley Index Theory and Novikov-Morse Theory
If A contains only the hyperbolic orbits or hyperbolic fixed points, then v is cal led an α-Morse-Smale flow.
Conley Index Theory and Novikov-Morse Theory
Let cj be the number of hyperbolic fixed points with index j , aj be the number of the hyperbolic periodic orbits with index j , and µj = cj + aj + aj+1 .
Conley Index Theory and Novikov-Morse Theory
For δ imaginary with δ 6= ±i the relation is just hyperbolic rotation by a certain hyperbolic angle.
Noncommutative plane curves
The intersection of G with diagonals is at least two dimensional, and is a maximal K -split torus S , if h0 is suitably chosen (that is, split off all the hyperbolic forms in h0 in the same way as was done for two hyperbolic forms for h).
Generators for Arithmetic Groups
Definition (Hyperbolic type ) We shall say that a defining graph ∆ , or the associated Artin group G(∆) , is of hyperbolic type if the Coxeter group W (∆) is a Gromov hyperbolic group.
Automorphisms and abstract commensurators of 2-dimensional Artin groups
Namely, if [f , g ] is hyperbolic, then one of the roots is hyperbolic and the other is π-loxodromic.
Discrete RP groups with a parabolic generator
The element h is hyperbolic if and only if the planes σ and τ are disjoint. (We denote planes as in the proof of Theorem 2.3.) Let d be the hyperbolic distance between them.
Discrete RP groups with a parabolic generator
T, and l(γ ) is the hyperbolic length of γ under the given hyperbolic structure on T.
Generalized Markoff Maps and McShane's Identity
For example, representations arising from the one-cone/one-hole hyperbolic torus, the hyperbolic three-holed sphere (often called pair of pants), and more generally, classical Schottky groups with two generators all give rise to such representations.
Generalized Markoff Maps and McShane's Identity
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