Exaggeration - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ɪɡˌzædʒəˈreɪʃn|  American pronunciation of the word exaggeration
Brit.  |ɪɡˌzadʒəˈreɪʃ(ə)n|  British pronunciation of the word exaggeration

noun

- extravagant exaggeration (syn: hyperbole)
- the act of making something more noticeable than usual

the dance involved a deliberate exaggeration of his awkwardness

- making to seem more important than it really is (syn: magnification, overstatement)

Examples

The book exaggerates the difficulties he faced in starting his career.

It's impossible to exaggerate the importance of this discovery.

He tends to exaggerate when talking about his accomplishments.

He exaggerated his movements so we could see them more clearly.

It would be an exaggeration to say that we were close friends.

It is no exaggeration to say that everyone will be affected by the new policy.

The situation can be described, without exaggeration, as disastrous.

That sounds like a slight exaggeration.

the dance involved a deliberate exaggeration of his awkwardness

Her story contains a grain of truth but also lots of exaggeration.

She described her accomplishments without exaggeration or vanity.

The company described reports of environmental disaster as gross exaggeration.

he has a proclivity for exaggeration

Word forms

noun
singular: exaggeration
plural: exaggerations
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