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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
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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Examples from the web for exaggeration
  • It also represents an exaggeration of the president's military role.
  • Dean's statement is a combination of exaggeration and wordplay.
  • It is not an exaggeration to say that it could happen again if governments fail to act.
  • But the number, he adds, was likely an exaggeration.
  • The transgressions ranged from intentional exaggeration to flat-out fibs.
  • IT would be an exaggeration to say there is a new bull market in gold.
  • The scientists say that's a big exaggeration resting on flimsy definitions.
  • There are, however, some grounds for suspecting a degree of exaggeration.
  • When someone uses exaggeration they have more of a desire to push agenda than reflect science.
  • As with many companies in the defense field, their science is fine but their marketing department may be prone to exaggeration.
Word Origin and History for exaggeration
n.

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

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