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hy·per·bo·le  audio  (h-pûrb-l) KEY 

NOUN:
A figure of speech in which exaggeration is used for emphasis or effect, as in I could sleep for a year or This book weighs a ton.

ETYMOLOGY:
Latin hyperbol, from Greek huperbol, excess, from huperballein, to exceed : huper, beyond ; see hyper- + ballein, to throw; see gwel- in Indo-European roots


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