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1 Represent (something) as being larger, better, or worse than it really is.‘she was apt to exaggerate any aches and pains’[no object] ‘I couldn't sleep for three days—I'm not exaggerating’overstate, overemphasize, overstress, overestimate, overvalue, magnify, amplify, aggrandize, inflateembellish, embroider, colour, elaborate, over-elaborate, oversell, overdraw, overplay, dramatizehyperbolize, add colour, stretch the truth, catastrophizeoverpitchpile it on, lay it on thick, lay it on with a shovel, lay it on with a trowel, make a mountain out of a molehill, blow something out of all proportion, make a drama out of a crisis, make a big thing ofshoot a linedraw the longbowoverstated, overemphasized, inflated, magnified, amplified, aggrandized, excessive, hyperbolic, over-elaborate, overdone, overripe, overplayed, overdramatized, theatrical, dramatic, actorly, highly coloured, extravagant, melodramatic, sensational, sensationalist, sensationalisticover the top, ott, tallView synonyms
- 1.1Enlarged or altered beyond normal proportions.‘exaggerated features such as a massive head and beetling brows’
- ‘Footballers here are less inclined to tumble over in an exaggerated fashion or writhe around feigning injury.’
- ‘Once the rain hits, it's clearly time for that exaggerated song and dance sequence.’
- ‘Experts say it's an exaggerated figure and don't want to even visualise such a situation.’
- ‘No one dragged their rivals to the court; there were very few exaggerated claims.’
- ‘When politeness is all we have connecting us to others, incivility takes on an exaggerated significance.’
- ‘And, in this case, it is based on exaggerated assumptions and exaggerated statements.’
- ‘This can lead to exaggerated food portions or over consumption of calories.’
- ‘We in the West have done far more than the Russians to publicise the fact that our children embody all of our exaggerated fears today.’
- ‘As soon as he walked in all cameras focused on him and his hero pals made an exaggerated show of affection towards him.’
- ‘And so, with exaggerated care, you end up tip-toeing naked across the soggy floor.’
- ‘Gun buying may be a response to an exaggerated amount of coverage of supposedly impending danger.’
- ‘One stands splaying all his limbs around me in an exaggerated way.’
- ‘He also seems to suffer from a common complaint in the Ministry, an exaggerated respect for American power.’
- ‘Increased insurance premiums, because of the exaggerated number of personal injury claims every year.’
- ‘In the end, one might think that goodness was only imaginary, an exaggerated western virtue.’
- ‘Furthermore, there are no legal penalties for taking a false or exaggerated claim to court.’
- ‘It's an exaggerated intensity of feeling invested in something which doesn't finally matter.’
- ‘It was so cartoonish and exaggerated that I felt sure it must look staged to anyone watching, but it was genuine enough.’
- ‘His claims were regarded as exaggerated but thousands of dollars and fake passports and visa stamps were found in his house.’
- ‘I read to them every night in great detail and in exaggerated voices.’
- 1.1Enlarged or altered beyond normal proportions.
Mid 16th century: from Latin exaggerat- heaped up, from the verb exaggerare, from ex- thoroughly + aggerare heap up (from agger heap). The word originally meant ‘pile up, accumulate’, later ‘intensify praise or blame’, giving rise to current senses.
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