One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Exaggeration, hyperbole, aggrandizement; an instance of this.
Mid 17th century; earliest use found in Ben Jonson (?1573–1637), poet and playwright. From classical Latin superlātiōn-, superlātiō intensification, raising to a higher degree, (in rhetoric) exaggeration, hyperbole, (in grammar) raising of an adjective to the superlative degree from superlāt- + -iō.
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