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hyperbole (noun) exaggeration.

Hyperbole is exaggeration; that is, making some quality appear much more than it really is. You use hyperbola when you say or write that something or some person is much stronger, wealthier, taller, poorer etc than it is or they really are. Saying that a building is tall enough to touch the sky is an example of Hyperbola. To describe a person as having the strength of Hercules is Hyperbole.

  • Calling him the wealthiest man in the world is no hyperbole. Statistics and institutional ratings prove that he is indeed the richest man in the world.
  • Fans use hyperbole while referring to the merits of their favorites. They find their favorites far more virtuous, far stronger, and far greater, etc., than they really are.
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