Overstatement or exaggeration for the sake of emphasis, as when
the little boy says “Hey Dad there's thousands of cats in our
yard!” As literary devices, hyperbole, and its opposite
understatement (litotes), are much used in comedy and satire.
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Editors. "Hyperbole". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 November 2001
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/stopics.php?rec=true&UID=527, accessed 27 May 2017.]