hyperbole
Definition - A figure of speech where exaggeration is used to emphasize, e.g. "He makes tons of money."

Etymology -
The word derives from the Greek hyperbole, exaggeration, which itself derives from hyperballein, to throw over or beyond (from hyper, beyond + ballein, to throw).

Oxford English Dictionary -
Its first citation is from 1529:
"By a maner of speking which is among lerned men called yperbole, for the more vehement expressyng of a mater."
( More, Dyaloge iv. 110b/1)

Quotation -
There is a place for hyperbole, and I believe it is the back jacket of books.
(Source: Malcolm Gladwell (while interviewing Michael Lewis) )



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