Definition of Exaggeration

1. Noun. Extravagant exaggeration.

Exact synonyms: Hyperbole
Generic synonyms: Figure, Figure Of Speech, Image, Trope
Derivative terms: Exaggerate, Hyperbolic, Hyperbolize



2. Noun. The act of making something more noticeable than usual. "The dance involved a deliberate exaggeration of his awkwardness"
Generic synonyms: Increase, Step-up
Derivative terms: Exaggerate, Exaggerate

3. Noun. Making to seem more important than it really is.
Exact synonyms: Magnification, Overstatement
Generic synonyms: Deceit, Deception, Misrepresentation
Derivative terms: Exaggerate, Magnify, Magnify, Overstate
Antonyms: Understatement

Definition of Exaggeration

1. n. The act of heaping or piling up.

Definition of Exaggeration

1. Noun. The act of heaping or piling up. ¹

2. Noun. The act of exaggerating; the act of doing or representing in an excessive manner; a going beyond the bounds of truth, reason, or justice; a hyperbolical representation; hyperbole; overstatement. ¹

3. Noun. A representation of things beyond natural life, in expression, beauty, power, vigor. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Exaggeration

1. [n -S]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Exaggeration

exacuating
exaemia
exaeresis
exaerobic
exaflop
exaflops
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exageration
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exaggeratedly
exaggeratedness
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exaggerations
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exaggregate
exagitate
exagitation
exagitations
exagram
exagrammes
exagrams

Literary usage of Exaggeration

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Words and Their Ways in English Speech by James Bradstreet Greenough, George Lyman Kittredge (1901)
"CHAPTER XXII HYPERBOLE OK Exaggeration Exaggeration is often regarded as an abuse of language, and so, ... The psychology of exaggeration is simple enough. ..."

2. The Universities of Europe in the Middle Ages by Hastings Rashdall (1895)
"In the first place, the medieval mind was prone to exaggeration, especially where figures are concerned. It delighted in good round numbers, ..."

3. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann, Edward Aloysius Pace, Condé Bénoist Pallen, Thomas Joseph Shahan, John Joseph Wynne (1913)
"In spite of some occasional exaggeration of the contemplative, and disparagement of the active, life, the utility and dignity of labour have never been more ..."

4. The Attic Orators from Antiphon to Isaeos by Richard Claverhouse Jebb (1893)
"... exaggeration; and this exaggeration is usually in one of two principal directions. Sometimes it is an exaggerated desire of grandeur or splendour which ..."

5. Chinese Immigration in Its Social and Economical Aspects by George Frederick Seward (1881)
"Spirit of exaggeration characterizes the statements of anti-Chinese partisans. ... A spirit of exaggeration has characterized the utter- mccs of many ..."

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