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exaggeration

[ig-zaj-uh-rey-shuh n] /ɪgˌzædʒ əˈreɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
the act of exaggerating or overstating.
2.
an instance of exaggerating; an overstatement:
His statement concerning the size of his income is a gross exaggeration.
Origin of exaggeration
1555-1565
1555-65; < Latin exaggerātiōn- (stem of exaggerātiō), equivalent to exaggerāt(us) (see exaggerate) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
nonexaggeration, noun
overexaggeration, noun
self-exaggeration, noun
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n.

1560s, from Latin exaggerationem (nominative exaggeratio), noun of action from past participle stem of exaggerare (see exaggerate).

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