Meaning of hyperbole

hy•per•bo•le

Pronunciation: (hī-pûr'bu-lē), [key]
— n. Rhet.
  1. obvious and intentional exaggeration.
  2. an extravagant statement or figure of speech not intended to be taken literally, as “to wait an eternity.” Cf. litotes.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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