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Hyperbole: exaggeration for emphasis or for rhetorical effect.

   *My vegetable love should grow
   Vaster than empires, and more slow;
   An hundred years should got to praise
   Thine eyes and on thine forehead gaze;
   Two hundred to adore each breast,
   But thirty thousand to the rest. Andrew Marvell, "To His Coy Mistress"
   *Da mi basia mille, deinde centum,
   Dein mille altera, dein secunda centum,
   Deinde usque altera mille, deinde centum. Catullus, to his.



pronounced: hy-PER-buh-lee Give me a thousand kisses, then a hundred, Then another thousand, then a second hundred, Then still another thousand, then a hundred


Hyperbole is a figure of speech that uses an exaggerated or extravagant statement to create a strong emotional response. As a figure of speech it is not intended to be taken literally. Hyperbole is frequently used for humour. Examples of hyperbole are:

   * They ran like greased lightning.
   * He's got tons of money.
   * Her brain is the size of a pea.
   * He is older than the hills.
   * I will die if she asks me to dance.
   * She is as big as an elephant!
   * I'm so hungry I could eat a horse.
   * I have told you a million times not to lie!