over·​dra·​ma·​tize ˌō-vər-ˈdra-mə-ˌtīz How to pronounce overdramatize (audio)
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 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

Examples of overdramatize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Topics get twisted and overdramatized so fast that the discussion of the original issues and concerns goes right off the rails. Lori Nickel, Journal Sentinel, 2 June 2023 Produced by Howard Hall Productions and Oceanic Research Group, the film was also created by couple, co-director Howard and producer Michele Hall, to show an accurate depiction of the ocean that doesn’t overdramatize predation. Maddie Browning, BostonGlobe.com, 14 Feb. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1896, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of overdramatize was in 1896

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“Overdramatize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overdramatize. Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

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