over·​dra·​ma·​tize | \ ˌō-vər-ˈdra-mə-ˌtīz How to pronounce overdramatize (audio) , -ˈdrä- \
overdramatized; overdramatizing

Definition of overdramatize

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

Other Words from overdramatize

overdramatization \ ˌō-​vər-​ˌdra-​mə-​tə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce overdramatize (audio) , -​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

First Known Use of overdramatize

1896, in the meaning defined above

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“Overdramatize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overdramatize. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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