Stylistic Devices - Hyperbole


What is hyperbole?

Hyperbole is the use of exaggeration as a rhetorical device or figure of speech. It may be used to evoke strong feelings or to create a strong impression, but is not meant to be taken literally. Hyperboles are exaggerations to create emphasis or effect.


Examples of hyperbole include:

  • The bag weighed a ton.
  • I was so hungry; I could eat a horse!
  • She's older than the hills.
  • I could sleep for a year; I was so tired.
  • He's filthy rich. He's got tons of money.
  • I've told you a million times to help with the housework.

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