ex·​ag·​ger·​a·​tion ig-ˌza-jə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce exaggeration (audio)
plural exaggerations
: an act or instance of exaggerating something : overstatement of the truth
She told us what happened without exaggeration.
: a statement that exaggerates something
a report filled with exaggerations and outright lies
But it's no exaggeration to say that this car has been one of the major linchpins of the burgeoning Asian hot-rod phenomenon.Tony Swan
Scads of fibs, exaggerations and misleading statements have been swept up in the dragnet …James Poniewozik

Examples of exaggeration in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But his startup’s rise to one of the buzziest in generative AI was in part built on a series of exaggerations and misleading claims, as Forbes first reported last year (Mostaque disputed some points at the time). Kenrick Cai, Forbes, 29 Mar. 2024 That might be an exaggeration, but both are certainly good options. Paul Brady, Travel + Leisure, 25 Mar. 2024 In a deposition last year, Trump said that his companies had more than four hundred million dollars in cash or cash equivalents, which may well be an exaggeration. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, 19 Mar. 2024 Two hours is an exaggeration, of course, though not by much. Josh Wigler, The Hollywood Reporter, 18 Mar. 2024 The exaggeration of everything, from the saturation of color to the entwinement of the lovers’ bodies, always so entangled, depicting passion and female sensuality and abandon to a ridiculous degree. Kim Gordon, Variety, 13 Mar. 2024 But this crisis has been exacerbated by political rhetoric and exaggeration. Rafael Perez, Orange County Register, 25 Feb. 2024 Despite having access to so much data, why are there so many examples of misinformation, hyperbole, exaggeration, and misleading messaging? Brendan Ahern, Forbes, 1 Mar. 2024 This must include guardrails to ensure founders don’t cross the line between high confidence and self-belief, which are key to building true industry leaders, and exaggeration–or even fraud. Raphaelle D’ornano, Fortune, 7 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1565, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of exaggeration was in 1565

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“Exaggeration.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exaggeration. Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

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