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hyperbole: n. A figure of speech in which exaggeration is used for emphasis or effect, as in I could sleep for a year or This book weighs a ton.

Let us read the following sentence:

Well, her boys were prone to hyperbole, and she was not sure how to credit their stories. (source)

Can anybody explain the meaning of "hyperbole" in that context?

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They were prone to exaggeration. The dictionary entry you quote seems to satisfactorily answer your own question. :) –  Zairja Aug 30 '12 at 16:39
@Zairja No. You are wrong! There the word "hyperbole" is not a figure of speech. –  Elberich Schneider Aug 30 '12 at 16:42
Closed! Ok, but without a clear reason is bad! –  Elberich Schneider Aug 30 '12 at 16:46
It is perfectly acceptable to have "prone to [noun]" to convey the same meaning. I could say, "She is prone to sickness" or "She is prone to getting sick". Likewise, I can say, "They are prone to lies" or "They are prone to lying." I could say, "They are prone to hyperbole" or "They are prone to hyperbolizing." They mean the same thing. This is a general reference question because, again, the definition answers your own question! Don't exclaim someone else is wrong when they give you an answer that you don't fully understand. :) –  Zairja Aug 30 '12 at 16:48
I am the author of the cited source. "[H]er boys were prone to hyperbole" means they have a history of "emphasizing what [they] are saying by describing it as far more extreme than it really is" (Macmillan Dictionary). I do not recall ever discussing this word choice with you – or anyone. Also I appreciate the praise but I fear you are now guilty of hyperbole yourself. –  MετάEd Aug 30 '12 at 23:43
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closed as general reference by Mahnax, simchona Aug 30 '12 at 16:41

This question is too basic; it can be definitively and permanently answered by a single link to a standard internet reference source designed specifically to find that type of information.If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

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I would interpret "Her boys were prone to hyperbole" as meaning the same thing as "Her boys were prone to using hyperbole"

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