Hyperbole – A Figure of Speech

Hyperbole is making a statement emphatic by making it overstatement and by exaggerating it.
It is a figure of speech
you use when you want to exaggerate what you mean or emphasize a point. It comes from the Greek word to mean “excess” and is often used to represent things greater or less, better or worse than they really are.
This figure of speech is used to emphasize something and depending on the context, you can use it for comic or dramatic effect, to create vivid images, or to convey intensity or emotion.
It is not intended to be taken literally.


• He’s as skinny as a toothpick.
• They were stronger than lions.
• My heels are killing me.
• You are as light as a feather.
• Her smile was a mile wide.

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