Hyperbole | Hyperbole Meaning, Definition, Examples, Illustration

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Hyperbole | Hyperbole Meaning, Definition, Examples, Illustration

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Hyperbole | Hyperbole Meaning, Definition, Examples, Illustration | Exaggeration

Hyperbole | Hyperbole Meaning, Definition, Examples, Illustration

‘Hyperbole’ is a Greek word meaning ‘excess’. By this figure of speech, things are presented as greater or less,  better or worse than they really are. It is an exaggeration in describing a thing. Examples:

  1. Here’s the smell of blood still; all the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten the little hand.- Shakespeare (Macbeth)
  2. I loved Ophelia; forty thousand brothers

Could not with all their quantity of love

Make up the sum. –Shakespeare (Hamlet)

  1. They were swifter than eagles and stronger than lions.
  2. Put a tongue

In every wound of Caesar, that should move

The stones of Rome to rise and mutiny. –Shakespeare

  1. He doth bestride the narrow world

Like a Colossus; and we pretty men

Walk under his huge legs, and peep about

To find ourselves dihonourable grave. –Shakespeare

  1. I have told you a million times not to lie!
  2. I will die if she asks me to dance.
  3. The person in front of me walked as slow as a turtle.
  4. I would move mountains for some coffee right now.
  5. I shall believe you when the pig flies. 0 0 0.

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N. B. The article ‘Hyperbole | Hyperbole Meaning, Definition, Examples, Illustration originally belongs to the book ‘The Rhetoricby Menonim Menonimus.

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