C16: from Greek: from hyper- + bolē a throw, from ballein to throw
hyperbole for learners of EnglishPowered by COBUILD (haɪpɜːʳbəli)
If someone uses hyperbole, they say or write things that make something sound much more impressive than it really is. [technical, formal] ⇒ ...the hyperbole that portrays him as one of the greatest visionaries in the world.
`Well, Granny, that's really more hyperbole than metaphor,' says Hector politely.Alex George LOVE YOU MADLYshe said, and his voice followed her as she hurried up the stairs, `I know what hyperbole is, Mrs Hansome -- and it isn't you!Salley Vickers INSTANCES OF THE NUMBER 3I was repetitive and laboured it more than I should have, to the point where hyperbole threatenedcoherence.Alan Judd THE DEVIL'S OWN WORKShe was used to this kind of homo hyperbole , but it never failed to please her.Maupin, Armistead SIGNIFICANT OTHERS