Definition of exaggeration in English:

exaggeration

noun

  • 1A statement that represents something as better or worse than it really is.

    ‘it would be an exaggeration to say I had morning sickness, but I did feel queasy’
    • ‘This doesn't include any distortions, half-truths, or exaggerations, or any lies told by senior figures in the administration.’
    • ‘The statement was an exaggeration of course, but Mama never admitted to anything less than perfection.’
    • ‘My concern now is if that is an exaggeration the remedies they are suggesting could be an exaggeration so the cuts will cut deeper than necessary.’
    • ‘Beneath the cinematic exaggerations and over-statements, there lies a vein of historical truth.’
    • ‘This is an exaggeration, but it may not be a gross exaggeration, so far as general observations about the human condition are concerned.’
    • ‘Satire is an exaggeration of the truth, not the mockery of falsehood.’
    • ‘For their credulity, they are showered with lies, exaggerations and half-truths, all of which find a sizable percentage of proponents among the voters.’
    • ‘And it is part of a pattern of exaggerations about exaggerations which is taking a bad turn in this campaign.’
    • ‘Even worse, while typographical errors were maintained, a sprinkling of unfounded exaggerations were inserted to strengthen the claims made in the thesis.’
    • ‘I think it's a series of half-truths, exaggerations, reassurances that weren't the case, to get us into conflict by the spring, and I think that commitment had been made by the previous summer.’
    • ‘It also represents an exaggeration of the president's military role.’
    • ‘However, the mechanism by which they form is poorly understood, and they were dismissed for a long time as exaggerations or fibs told by sailors.’
    • ‘It was of a whole class exaggerating its profits and then coming to believe its own exaggerations.’
    • ‘Police have misinterpreted facts and made exaggerations that are misleading.’
    • ‘Your crusade to unseat them by peddling exaggerations and half-truths lowers you to their level.’
    • ‘The interpretation of the city's controlled power cuts by the newspaper as representing apocalyptic cracks in Shanghai's foundations was a gross exaggeration.’
    • ‘A cursory review of the reportage in this conflict reveals misinformation, disinformation, mistakes, exaggerations, lies and propaganda flowing freely in all directions.’
    • ‘Such statements are designed exaggerations not worthy of belief.’
    • ‘What is of note from some of these is the exaggeration which leads to half-truth or lies that is being communicated.’
    • ‘Here the play took off, and the exaggeration of the suits, which their hyperbolic language, seemed apt to text and production.’
    overstatement, overemphasis, magnification, amplification, aggrandizement, overplaying, dramatization, overdramatization, enhancement, elaboration, over-elaboration, embellishment, over-embellishment, embroidery, hyperbole, overkill, gilding the lily
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    1. 1.1mass noun The action of making exaggerations.
      ‘he was prone to exaggeration’
      overstatement, overemphasis, magnification, amplification, aggrandizement, overplaying, dramatization, overdramatization, enhancement, elaboration, over-elaboration, embellishment, over-embellishment, embroidery, hyperbole, overkill, gilding the lily
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Pronunciation

exaggeration

/ɪɡˌzadʒəˈreɪʃ(ə)n/