Deliberate or unintentional overstatement, particularly extreme overstatement.
The use of a word or phrase to refer to something that it is not, invoking a direct similarity between the word or phrase used and the thing described (but in the case of English without the words like or as, which would imply a simile); the word or phrase used in this way; an implied comparison.
(countable) An instance or example of such overstatement.
The use of an everyday object or concept to represent an underlying facet of the computer and thus aid users in performing tasks.
‘desktop metaphor; wastebasket metaphor’;
(intransitive) To use a metaphor.
A figure of speech in which the expression is an evident exaggeration of the meaning intended to be conveyed, or by which things are represented as much greater or less, better or worse, than they really are; a statement exaggerated fancifully, through excitement, or for effect.
‘Our common forms of compliment are almost all of them extravagant hyperboles.’; ‘Somebody has said of the boldest figure in rhetoric, the hyperbole, that it lies without deceiving.’;
(transitive) To describe by means of a metaphor.
The transference of the relation between one set of objects to another set for the purpose of brief explanation; a compressed simile; e. g., the ship plows the sea.
exaggerated statements or claims not meant to be taken literally
‘he vowed revenge with oaths and hyperboles’; ‘you can't accuse us of hyperbole’;
a figure of speech in which an expression is used to refer to something that it does not literally denote in order to suggest a similarity
Hyperbole (, listen) (adjective form hyperbolic, listen) is the use of exaggeration as a rhetorical device or figure of speech. In rhetoric, it is also sometimes known as auxesis (literally 'growth').
a figure of speech in which a word or phrase is applied to an object or action to which it is not literally applicable
‘her poetry depends on suggestion and metaphor’; ‘when we speak of gene maps and gene mapping, we use a cartographic metaphor’;
a thing regarded as representative or symbolic of something else
‘the amounts of money being lost by the company were enough to make it a metaphor for an industry that was teetering’;
A metaphor is a figure of speech that, for rhetorical effect, directly refers to one thing by mentioning another. It may provide (or obscure) clarity or identify hidden similarities between two different ideas.