Hyperbole

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  • Editors

Literary/ Cultural Context Note

  • The Literary Encyclopedia. Volume 12: Global Voices, Global Histories: World Literatures and Cultures.

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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Citation:
Editors. "Hyperbole". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 November 2001
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/stopics.php?rec=true&UID=527, accessed 31 July 2015.]