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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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  • It is no exaggeration to say that fortune had showered her richest gifts on Garibaldi during this campaign.

    Builders of United Italy Rupert Sargent Holland
  • There seemed to be no limit to the exaggeration of their professions.

    The Story of the Mormons William Alexander Linn
  • Trenmor is the sort of exaggeration of Childe Harold which a lively but rather vulgar mind might conceive.

  • It is very easy and tempting to use the language of exaggeration.

    Gloria Crucis J. H. Beibitz
  • It is no exaggeration to say that during those days France was absolutely governed by the National.

    An Englishman in Paris Albert D. (Albert Dresden) Vandam
Word Origin and History for exaggeration
n.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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