hyperbole Meaning, definition in Cambridge English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of "hyperbole" - English Dictionary

See all translations

hyperbolenoun [U]

uk   /haɪˈpɜː.bəl.i/  us   /-ˈpɝː-/ formal
a way of speaking or writing that makes someone or something sound bigger, 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
Translations of “hyperbole”
in Vietnamese sự cường điệu…
in Spanish hipérbole…
in Thai การพูดเกินจริง…
in Malaysian hiperbola…
in Chinese (Traditional) 誇張法…
in Indonesian hiperbola…
in Russian преувеличение…
in Turkish abartı, olduğundan farklı gösterme…
in Chinese (Simplified) 夸张法…
in Polish hiperbola, przesadnia…
(Definition of hyperbole from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of hyperbole?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “hyperbole” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day
child benefit

money received regularly by families from the government to help pay for the costs of taking care of children

Word of the Day

Are you a glass-half-full person? (Everyday Idioms)
Are you a glass-half-full person? (Everyday Idioms)
by Kate Woodford,
July 29, 2015
A reader of this blog recently asked for a post on idioms that are used in everyday English. This seemed like a reasonable request. After all, if you are going to make the effort to learn a set of English idioms, you want those idioms to be useful. The question, then, was

Read More 

responsible luxury noun
responsible luxury noun
August 03, 2015
high-end, green tourism and hospitality Jumeirah’s ‘responsible luxury’ approach is an example of a sustainable travel experience – future guests will enjoy the environment as much as today’s.

Read More