What is hyperbole?

Hyperbole is a poetic device that uses extreme exaggeration to make a point or to show emphasis. It is the opposite of understatement. We can use hyperbole in literature or everyday speech, but it won’t work in non-fiction like articles, reports or research papers. It is because they are written in a simple formal manner. 

Let’s discuss a few examples:

I have a million things to do today.

Lunch break will never come.

The athlete can run faster than a car.

He is as big as an elephant.

It is raining cats and dogs.

Hyperbole is an interesting figurative language, as it creates dramatic effects in the text.

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