What does exaggeration mean?

Definitions for exaggeration
ɪgˌzædʒ əˈreɪ ʃənex·ag·ger·a·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. hyperbole, exaggerationnoun

    extravagant exaggeration

  2. exaggerationnoun

    the act of making something more noticeable than usual

    "the dance involved a deliberate exaggeration of his awkwardness"

  3. exaggeration, overstatement, magnificationnoun

    making to seem more important than it really is


  1. exaggerationnoun

    The act of heaping or piling up.

  2. exaggerationnoun

    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.

  3. exaggerationnoun

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

  4. Etymology: From Latin exaggeratio

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Exaggerationnoun

    Etymology: from exaggerate.

    Some towns, that were anciently havens and ports, are now, by exaggeration of sand between those towns and the sea, converted into firm land. Matthew Hale, Origin of Mankind.

    Exaggerations of the prodigious condescensions in the prince to pass good laws, would have an odd sound at Westminster. Jonathan Swift.


  1. Exaggeration

    Exaggeration is the representation of something as more extreme or dramatic than it really is. Exaggeration may occur intentionally or unintentionally. Exaggeration can be a rhetorical device or figure of speech. It may be used to evoke strong feelings or to create a strong impression. Amplifying achievements, obstacles and problems to seek attention is an everyday occurrence Inflating the difficulty of achieving a goal after attaining it, can be used to bolster self-esteem.In the arts, exaggerations are used to create emphasis or effect. As a literary device, exaggerations is often used in poetry, and is frequently encountered in casual speech. Many times the usages of hyperbole describes something as better or worse than it really is. An example of hyperbole is: "The bag weighed a ton." Hyperbole makes the point that the bag was very heavy, though it probably does not weigh a ton.Exaggerating is also a type of deception, as well as a means of malingering – magnifying small injuries or discomforts as an excuse to avoid responsibilities.


  1. exaggeration

    Exaggeration is the act of describing something in a way that makes it seem larger, greater, better, worse, or more extreme than it actually is. It is a statement or representation that is not meant to be interpreted literally and is used for emphasis or effect.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Exaggerationnoun

    the act of heaping or piling up

  2. Exaggerationnoun

    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

  3. Exaggerationnoun

    a representation of things beyond natural life, in expression, beauty, power, vigor

  4. Etymology: [L. exaggeratio : cf. F. exagration.]


  1. Exaggeration

    Exaggeration is a representation of something in an excessive manner. The exaggerator has been a familiar figure in Western culture since at least Aristotle's discussion of the alazon: 'the boaster is regarded as one who pretends to have distinguished qualities which he possesses either not at all or to a lesser degree than he pretends...exaggerating'. It is the opposite of minimisation. Words or expressions associated with exaggeration include: catastrophization hyperbole laying it on thick magnification maximization overreaction overstating stretching the truth

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of exaggeration in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of exaggeration in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of exaggeration in a Sentence

  1. William Shakespeare, Venus & Adonis:

    Love is a gross exaggeration of the difference between one person and everyone else.

  2. Neil Mellor:

    I don't think its an exaggeration to say this week has been a game-changer.

  3. Joe Biden:

    It's no exaggeration to say that The Postal Service delivers democracy. And it's no exaggeration to say The Postal Service is as essential as The Postal Service ever was, has ever been, today.

  4. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe:

    The Middle East ... that's the region endowed with great possibilities, and yet now it appears to be no exaggeration to say that the region is exposed to a challenge that is among the most serious in its modern history.

  5. Mark Twain:

    The report of my death was an exaggeration.

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    • A. crate
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