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Hyperbole is a simple and straightforward technique that can be used to great effect by writers and speakers. Learning to use hyperbole well can help elevate your prose and engage your readers effectively.

What Is Hyperbole?

Hyperbole is a rhetorical and literary technique where an author or speaker intentionally uses exaggeration and overstatement for emphasis and effect. The word hyperbole is derived from the greek word ‘huperbole’ meaning “to throw above.” When used in rhetoric, it’s also called ‘auxesis’ which comes from the greek word for “growth.” Hyperbole is a common literary device, but use of hyperbole also pops up in everyday storytelling and common figures of speech.