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What is hyperbole?



Hyperbole is deliberate exaggeration for emotional effect. The addressee is not expected to have a literal understanding of the expression.

Example (English)
  • In the Bible, the following expression from Matthew 23:24 contains examples of hyperbole:

  • Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel.
  • The words gnat and camel are hyperbolic expressions of smallness and largeness.


    Beekman and Callow 1974 118

  • Kind
      Here is a kind of hyperbole:
      A hyperbole is a kind of

    Beekman and Callow 1974 118–119


    Mish 1991 592

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