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(hīpûr`bəlē), a figure of speech in which exceptional exaggeration is deliberately used for emphasis rather than deception. Andrew Marvell employed hyperbole throughout "To His Coy Mistress":
An hundred years should go to praise
Thine eyes and on thy forehead gaze;
Two hundred to adore each breast;
But thirty thousand to the rest …



a stylistic figure or artistic device based on exaggeration. In hyperbole a phenomenon is endowed with a particular attribute to a degree that it does not really possess (for example, N. V. Gogol’s “trousers as wide as the Black Sea”). Thus, hyperbole is an artistic convention and is employed with expressive intentions. It is characteristic of the poetics of epic folklore, romantic poetry, and satirical works (Gogol and V. V. Mayakovsky). The opposite stylistic figure is litotes.

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There is no suggestion in the document that Iran is required to dismantle all of Iran's nuclear program, as Zarif said hyperbolically,
Wilde's insistence on the "modernity" of set design in the first productions of Earnest was calculated to provoke a productive frission: audiences were to be jarred by the contrast between completely naturalistic (if upper class) set designs and a speech that was, in essence, smart nonsense--a hyperbolically rendered high-art, avant garde elevation of "fin de siecle talk" as the apex of modernity.
The attack was hyperbolically compared to a nuclear bomb going off by the company helping defend against the attack.
Their preface defines the subject: "A discrete-time stationary stochastic process is said to have long memory if its autocovariances tend to zero hyperbolically slowly as the lag tends to infinity, but their sum diverges.
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They are coming to negotiations, speaking hyperbolically, trying to talk about their right to uranium enrichment .
In the aggregate, bestiaries construct a hyperbolically refurbished natural order in which the bodies of beasts provide clues to the bewildering conundrum of Christ's miraculous birth: even ordinary animals such as the weasel and the pelican are likely to conceive and/or give birth unnaturally.
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And in "May Day Sermon" Dickey takes up the prevailing hostility he faces by ridiculing not only confessional and Beat poetics, but the hyperbolically masculine persona his critics attribute to him.
The implication is that the medium, as McLuhan hyperbolically puts
My references to a 'war on Murdoch' were making the point, no doubt rather hyperbolically, that I had no intention of being intimidated.