exaggeration

noun
ex·​ag·​ger·​a·​tion | \ ig-ˌza-jə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce exaggeration (audio) \
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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about exaggeration

Time Traveler for exaggeration

Time Traveler

The first known use of exaggeration was in 1565

See more words from the same year

Statistics for exaggeration

Cite this Entry

“Exaggeration.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exaggeration. Accessed 29 May. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for exaggeration

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

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on exaggeration

What made you want to look up exaggeration? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

May 2020 Words of the Day Quiz

  • a blooming wisteria tree
  • Which is a synonym of exiguous?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Citation

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!