Definition of exaggeration in English:



  • 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’
    • ‘Such statements are designed exaggerations not worthy of belief.’
    • ‘It also represents an exaggeration of the president's military role.’
    • ‘It was of a whole class exaggerating its profits and then coming to believe its own exaggerations.’
    • ‘Your crusade to unseat them by peddling exaggerations and half-truths lowers you to their level.’
    • ‘Beneath the cinematic exaggerations and over-statements, there lies a vein of historical truth.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘What is of note from some of these is the exaggeration which leads to half-truth or lies that is being communicated.’
    • ‘This is an exaggeration, but it may not be a gross exaggeration, so far as general observations about the human condition are concerned.’
    • ‘The interpretation of the city's controlled power cuts by the newspaper as representing apocalyptic cracks in Shanghai's foundations was a gross exaggeration.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A cursory review of the reportage in this conflict reveals misinformation, disinformation, mistakes, exaggerations, lies and propaganda flowing freely in all directions.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Here the play took off, and the exaggeration of the suits, which their hyperbolic language, seemed apt to text and production.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This doesn't include any distortions, half-truths, or exaggerations, or any lies told by senior figures in the administration.’
    • ‘Even worse, while typographical errors were maintained, a sprinkling of unfounded exaggerations were inserted to strengthen the claims made in the thesis.’
    • ‘Police have misinterpreted facts and made exaggerations that are misleading.’
    overstatement, overemphasis, magnification, amplification, aggrandizement, overplaying, dramatization, overdramatization, enhancement, elaboration, over-elaboration, embellishment, over-embellishment, embroidery, hyperbole, overkill, gilding the lily
    purple prose, puffery
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    1. 1.1[mass noun]The action of making exaggerations.
      ‘he was prone to exaggeration’