exaggeration

[ig-zaj-uh-rey-shuhn]
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:
1555–65; < Latin exaggerātiōn- (stem of exaggerātiō), equivalent to exaggerāt(us) (see exaggerate) + -iōn- -ion

nonexaggeration, noun
overexaggeration, noun
self-exaggeration, noun
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exaggeration
1560s, from L. exaggerationem, noun of action from exaggerare (see exaggerate).
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Example sentences
Some historians had derided the missionaries' reports of cannibalism as
  exaggerations.
Indeed, in today's market lies are expected in the form of exaggerations.
Exaggerations of possessiveness in the individual are parallel and of a piece
  with the clutching greed of nations and emperors.
He is an engaging speaker and writer but his sweeping statements are based on
  anecdotes and exaggerations.
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