Hyperbole

Definition:
A hyperbole is a literary device wherein the author uses specific words and phrases that exaggerate and overemphasize the basic crux of the statement in order to produce a grander, more noticeable effect. The purpose of hyperbole is to create a larger-than-life effect and overly stress a specific point. Such sentences usually convey an action or sentiment that is generally not practically/ realistically possible or plausible but helps emphasize an emotion.

Example:
“I am so tired I cannot walk another inch” or “I’m so sleepy I might fall asleep standing here”.

128 thoughts on “Hyperbole”

  1. I have a mountain of homework that will take me a thousand years to finish.
    He crushed me with his bear like arms.
    I’ll die a thousand deaths before I let you kiss me.

  2. is “the world feels like it has poured all of its despair onto me” a simile, hyperbole, or personification?

    1. It would be more correct to say “I feel as if the world has poured all of its despair onto me.” Yes, I think that is hyperbole.

    1. No, because the definition of “Parched” is “dried, from heat”/”Thirsty”. To say you have a parched throat is to literally say your throat is dry because of the heat, or you are thirsty.

      1. I don’t think so. Dead people are really pale, and I used to be that pale. My sister is that deathly pale.

    1. Hyperbole is an extreme exaggeration. Her love makes me strong may be a fact, but it’s not necessarily an obvious exaggeration. Her love makes me swim oceans, climb Everest, and jump to the moon, is a hyperbole.

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