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adjective linguistics     hyperbolic pronunciation in British English
/ˌhaɪpə(r)ˈbɒlɪk/
  1. 1
    hyperbolic language emphasizes what you are saying by describing it as far more extreme than it really is

    It was hard to take such hyperbolic rhetoric seriously.

  2. From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    2
    resembling or pertaining to a hyperbola (a curve)

    In fact, it corresponds to the graph of a function called the hyperbolic cosine.

    Submitted by AliReza from Iran, Islamic Republic of on 11/11/2015
 
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