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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. 2014.
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Examples 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 L. exaggerationem, noun of action from exaggerare (see exaggerate).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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