a stylistic device in which emphasis is achieved through deliberate exaggeration
It does not signify the actual state of affairs in reality, but presents the latter through the emotionally coloured perception and rendering of the speaker.

My vegetable love should grow faster than empires. (A.Marvell)

The man was like the Rock of Gibraltar.

Calpurnia was all angles and bones.

I was scared to death when he entered the room. (J.D.Salinger)

Source: V.A.K.
a deliberate overstatement or exaggeration of a feature essential (unlike periphrasis) to the object or phenomenon
- is a device which sharpens the reader's ability to make a logical assessment of the utterance

He was so tall that I was not sure he had a face. (O.Henry)

Source: I.R.G.
заведомое преувеличение, повышающее экспрессивность высказывания и сообщающее ему эмфатичность (I.V.A.)
See: lexical SDs

English-Russian dictionary of stylistics (terminology and examples) . 2014.

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  • hyperbole — [ ipɛrbɔl ] n. f. • yperbole XIIIe; lat. hyperbole, gr. huperbolê, de huper « au dessus » et ballein « lancer » I ♦ Rhét. Figure de style qui consiste à mettre en relief une idée au moyen d une expression qui la dépasse (opposé à litote). ⇒ …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • hyperbole — early 15c., from L. hyperbole, from Gk. hyperbole exaggeration, extravagance, related to hyperballein to throw over or beyond, from hyper beyond + bole a throwing, a casting, the stroke of a missile, bolt, beam, from bol , nom. stem of ballein to …   Etymology dictionary

  • Hyperbole — Hy*per bo*le, n. [L., fr. Gr?, prop., an overshooting, excess, fr. Gr. ? to throw over or beyond; ype r over + ? to throw. See {Hyper }, {Parable}, and cf. {Hyperbola}.] (Rhet.) A figure of speech in which the expression is an evident… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Hypérbŏlē — (griech.), Hyperbel (s. d.); hyperbolisch, übertreibend; hyperbolisieren, in Hyperbeln reden, übertreiben …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • hyperbole — I noun aggrandizement, amplification, enhancement, enlargement, exaggeration, extravagance, magnification, overemphasis, overenlargement, overstatement II index bombast, caricature, distortion, exaggeration …   Law dictionary

  • hyperbole — *exaggeration, overstatement …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • hyperbole — pronounced hiy per bǝ li, is a figure of speech involving an exaggerated statement that is not meant to be taken literally, e.g. a thousand apologies. It should not be confused with hyperbola, pronounced hiy per bǝ lǝ, a term in geometry …   Modern English usage

  • hyperbole — [n] exaggeration amplification, big talk*, coloring*, distortion, embellishment, embroidering, enlargement, hype*, laying it on thick*, magnification, metaphor, mountain out of molehill*, overstatement, PR*, tall talk*; concept 268 Ant.… …   New thesaurus

  • hyperbole — ► NOUN ▪ deliberate exaggeration, not meant to be taken literally. DERIVATIVES hyperbolical adjective hyperbolically adverb. ORIGIN Greek huperbol excess , from ballein to throw …   English terms dictionary

  • hyperbole — [hī pʉr′bə lē] n. [L < Gr: see HYPERBOLA] exaggeration for effect and not meant to be taken literally (Ex: He s as strong as an ox.) …   English World dictionary

  • hyperbole — (i per bo l ) s. f. 1°   Figure de rhétorique qui consiste à augmenter ou à diminuer excessivement la vérité des choses pour qu elle produise plus d impression. •   Parlons sans hyperbole et sans plaisanterie, DUCLOS Sat. X. •   Et bientôt vous… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

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