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English definition of “hyperbole”

hyperbole

noun [U]    /hɑɪˈpɜr·bə·li/
a way of speaking or writing that makes someone or something sound much bigger, better, smaller, worse, more unusual, etc., than they are: Although he’s not given to hyperbole, Ron says we are light-years ahead of our time. literature Hyperbole is also the use of such language to express humor or great emotion.
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