AskDefine | Define overstatement

Dictionary Definition

overstatement n : making to seem more important than it really is [syn: exaggeration, magnification] [ant: understatement]

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English

Etymology

overstate + -ment

Pronunciation

Noun

  1. An exaggeration; a statement in excess of what is reasonable.
    The story he gave was something of an overstatement of the facts.
  2. The tendency to overstate.
    She had a knack for overstatement.

Extensive Definition

Hyperbole ( hye-PER-buh-lee; "HYE-per-bowl" is a mispronunciation) comes from Greek "υπερβολή"=exaggeration and is a figure of speech in which statements are exaggerated. It may be used to evoke strong feelings or to create a strong impression, and is not meant to be taken literally.
Hyperbole is used to create emphasis. It is a literary device often used in poetry, and is frequently encountered in casual speech.
Some examples include: these books weigh a ton. (weigh a great deal) I could sleep for a year. (for a long time)
Antonyms to hyperbole include meiosis, litotes, understatement, and bathos (the 'let down' after a hyperbole in a phrase).
Derived from the Greek (literally 'overshooting' or 'excess'), it is a cognate of hyperbola.
overstatement in Bulgarian: Хипербола (литература)
overstatement in Catalan: Hipèrbole
overstatement in Czech: Hyperbola (literatura)
overstatement in Welsh: Gormodiaith
overstatement in German: Hyperbel (Sprache)
overstatement in Spanish: Hipérbole
overstatement in Basque: Hiperbole
overstatement in French: Hyperbole (rhétorique)
overstatement in Galician: Hipérbole
overstatement in Croatian: Hiperbola (figura)
overstatement in Icelandic: Ýkjur
overstatement in Italian: Iperbole (figura retorica)
overstatement in Hebrew: הגזמה
overstatement in Lithuanian: Hiperbolė (menas)
overstatement in Macedonian: Хипербола (лингвистика)
overstatement in Dutch: Hyperbool (stijlfiguur)
overstatement in Norwegian: Hyperbol
overstatement in Polish: Hiperbola (teoria literatury)
overstatement in Portuguese: Hipérbole (figura de estilo)
overstatement in Romanian: Hiperbolă (figură de stil)
overstatement in Russian: Гипербола (литература)
overstatement in Simple English: Exaggeration
overstatement in Slovak: Hyperbola (literatúra)
overstatement in Finnish: Hype
overstatement in Swedish: Hyperbol
overstatement in Turkish: Abartıcılık
overstatement in Ukrainian: Гіпербола
overstatement in Chinese: 誇飾
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