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’
    • ‘For their credulity, they are showered with lies, exaggerations and half-truths, all of which find a sizable percentage of proponents among the voters.’
    • ‘The interpretation of the city's controlled power cuts by the newspaper as representing apocalyptic cracks in Shanghai's foundations was a gross exaggeration.’
    • ‘Such statements are designed exaggerations not worthy of belief.’
    • ‘A cursory review of the reportage in this conflict reveals misinformation, disinformation, mistakes, exaggerations, lies and propaganda flowing freely in all directions.’
    • ‘What is of note from some of these is the exaggeration which leads to half-truth or lies that is being communicated.’
    • ‘Satire is an exaggeration of the truth, not the mockery of falsehood.’
    • ‘Beneath the cinematic exaggerations and over-statements, there lies a vein of historical truth.’
    • ‘Even worse, while typographical errors were maintained, a sprinkling of unfounded exaggerations were inserted to strengthen the claims made in the thesis.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The statement was an exaggeration of course, but Mama never admitted to anything less than perfection.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Here the play took off, and the exaggeration of the suits, which their hyperbolic language, seemed apt to text and production.’
    • ‘This doesn't include any distortions, half-truths, or exaggerations, or any lies told by senior figures in the administration.’
    • ‘And it is part of a pattern of exaggerations about exaggerations which is taking a bad turn in this campaign.’
    • ‘Police have misinterpreted facts and made exaggerations that are misleading.’
    • ‘This is an exaggeration, but it may not be a gross exaggeration, so far as general observations about the human condition are concerned.’
    • ‘It also represents an exaggeration of the president's military role.’
    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. 1.1 The action of making statements that represent something as better or worse than it really is.
      ‘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

/ɪɡˌzædʒəˈreɪʃ(ə)n//iɡˌzajəˈrāSH(ə)n/