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hyperbole

noun [U]  /hɑɪˈpɜr·bə·li/ us  
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.
Translations of “hyperbole”
in Spanish hipérbole…
in Chinese (Traditional) 誇張法…
in Russian преувеличение…
in Turkish abartı, olduğundan farklı gösterme…
in Chinese (Simplified) 夸张法…
in Polish hiperbola, przesadnia…
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