exaggerated

adjective ex·ag·ger·at·ed \ ig-ˈza-jə-ˌrā-təd \

Definition of exaggerated

1 : excessively or inappropriately heightened, inflated, or overstated
  • exaggerated fears
  • a wildly exaggerated story
  • As students go from one disconnected course to the next, they tend to form a highly exaggerated idea of the differences between teachers and subjects.
  • —Gerald Graff
2 : enlarged or increased beyond the normal : greater than normal
  • … many people have an unusual or exaggerated response to a drug, but they are not necessarily allergic to the drug.
  • —Paul D. Buisseret

exaggeratedly

adverb
    • … my own view of the art of architecture—a view that many people (including many architects) would perhaps consider an exaggeratedly lofty one.
    • —Brendan Gill
    • Koenig's movements were brisk, exaggeratedly optimistic.
    • —Nick Paumgarten

exaggeratedness

noun
    • … we often do not respond to exaggeration by simply pointing out its exaggeratedness
    • —Julie Kuhlken

First Known Use of exaggerated

circa 1632



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