exaggerated

adjective
ex·​ag·​ger·​at·​ed | \ ig-ˈza-jə-ˌrā-təd How to pronounce exaggerated (audio) \

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

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Other Words from exaggerated

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, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for exaggerated

from past participle of exaggerate

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The first known use of exaggerated was circa 1632

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“Exaggerated.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exaggerated. Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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