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Hyperbole

hy-per'-bo-lee from hyper, "over" and bollein, "to throw"

Rhetorical exaggeration. Hyperbole is often accomplished via comparisons, similes, and metaphors.

Examples:

I've told you a million times not to exaggerate.

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Acknowledgement

The above information on individual rhetorical techniques is reproduced from the website “Silva Rhetoricae” (www.rhetoric.byu.edu ) under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 licence. Credit for this content lies with Professor Gideon O Burton of Brigham Young University.