Hyperbole, a type of figure of speech
, uses exaggeration or overstatement for emphasis. Mark Twain
uses hyperbole to add humor and vividness to the descriptions throughout his travel book Roughing It
, as in this example about the ears of a "jackass rabbit": "He is just like any other rabbit except that he is from one-third to twice as large and has longer legs in proportion to his size, and has the most preposterous ears that ever were mounted on any creature but
a jackass. When he is sitting quiet, thinking about his sins, or is absent-minded or unapprehensive of danger, his majestic ears project above him conspicuously: but the breaking of a twig will scare him nearly to death."
Also Known As: anthropomorphic