overdramatize

verb over·dra·ma·tize \ ˌō-vər-ˈdra-mə-ˌtīz , -ˈdrä- \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of overdramatize

overdramatized; overdramatizing
transitive verb
:to present or represent (something) in an overly dramatic manner
  • Don't overdramatize the situation.
  • an overdramatized account
  • The seriousness of this problem … has been vastly overrated and overdramatized.
  • —Chris Welles
  • The stories, he says, sensationalize or overdramatize the family's troubles …
  • —James Laube

overdramatization

play \ˌō-vər-ˌdra-mə-tə-ˈzā-shən, -ˌdrä-\ noun, plural overdramatizations
    • As a child, I found Anne's plights and scrapes so worrisome, but as an adult I laugh out loud at her overdramatization of everything.
    • —Laurie Gelman

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