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[ig-zaj-uh-rey-shuh n] /ɪgˌzædʒ əˈreɪ ʃən/
the act of exaggerating or overstating.
an instance of exaggerating; an overstatement:
His statement concerning the size of his income is a gross exaggeration.
1555-65; < Latin exaggerātiōn- (stem of exaggerātiō), equivalent to exaggerāt(us) (see exaggerate) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
nonexaggeration, noun
overexaggeration, noun
self-exaggeration, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for exaggerations
  • 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.
  • Too bad it's stacked with exaggerations making you, your point look bad.
  • He would not address the alleged exaggerations or anything not connected to criminal case.
  • There are many exaggerations out there, and none of them have anything to do with our country and the turmoil it is in.
  • She tells funny stories about him, some exaggerations, some lies.
  • It's good to point out inaccuracies and exaggerations.
  • His exaggerations and baloney were reported, and people laughed.
Word Origin and History for exaggerations



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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