hyperbole Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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Meaning of “hyperbole” in the English Dictionary

"hyperbole" in British English

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hyperbolenoun [U]

uk   /haɪˈpɜː.bəl.i/  us   /-ˈpɝː-/ formal
a way of ​speaking or writing that makes someone or something ​soundbigger, ​better, more, etc. than they are: The ​blurb on the back of the ​book was ​full of the ​usual hyperbole - "​enthralling", "​fascinating", and so on.
hyperbolic
adjective uk   /ˌhaɪ.pəˈbɒl.ɪk/  us   /-pɚˈbɑː.lɪk/
hyperbolic ​rhetoric
(Definition of hyperbole from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"hyperbole" in American English

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hyperbolenoun [U]

 us   /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 ​ourtime. literature Hyperbole is also the use of such ​language to ​expresshumor or ​greatemotion.
(Definition of hyperbole from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “hyperbole”
in Spanish hipérbole…
in Vietnamese sự cường điệu…
in Malaysian hiperbola…
in Thai การพูดเกินจริง…
in Chinese (Simplified) 夸张法…
in Turkish abartı, olduğundan farklı gösterme…
in Russian преувеличение…
in Indonesian hiperbola…
in Chinese (Traditional) 誇張法…
in Polish hiperbola, przesadnia…
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