exaggeration

noun
ex·​ag·​ger·​a·​tion | \ig-ˌza-jə-ˈrā-shən \
plural exaggerations

Definition of exaggeration 

: 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

First Known Use of exaggeration

1565, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of exaggeration was in 1565

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exaggeration

noun
ex·​ag·​ger·​a·​tion | \ig-ˌza-jə-ˈrā-shən\

Kids Definition of exaggeration

1 : the act of describing as larger or greater than what is true

2 : a statement that has been enlarged beyond what is true

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