Hyperbole is defined as:
- A figure of speech in which exaggeration is used for emphasis or effect.
- An obvious and intentional exaggeration.
- An extravagant statement or figure of speech not intended to be taken literally
Synonyms: exaggeration, hype (informal), overstatement, enlargement, magnification, amplification
Popular liberal hyperbole subjects: Hitler, racist, social security, guns, abortion, voter ????, Hitler (they really like this one), the rich, and a new favorite Egypt’s president Mubarak.
Hypochondria is defined as:
“abnormal anxiety over one’s health, often with imaginary illnesses and severe melancholy.”
…or a more serious definition:
“A psychiatric disorder characterized by the conviction that one is ill or soon to become ill, often accompanied by physical symptoms, when illness is neither present nor likely.”
How about a quote?
“The best cure for hypochondria is to forget about your body and get interested in someone else’s.”
Can you use it in a sentence?
As I sit here suffering from the H1N1 flu and surrounded by used tissues watching daytime television I truly understand the beginning pangs of hypochondria.