over·​ex·​ag·​ger·​ate ˌō-vər-ig-ˈza-jə-ˌrāt How to pronounce overexaggerate (audio)
overexaggerated; overexaggerating

transitive + intransitive

: to exaggerate (something) to an excessive degree
overexaggerating the threat/danger/risk
Its effect/impact/importance was greatly overexaggerated.
Let's face it: we are hardly objective in evaluating ourselves. We overexaggerate both our talents and failings.Mark Rice-Oxley
He yawns, overexaggerating, like a silent screen star.Marly Swick
… Roberts's most disgusting habit threatened to tear their chemistry apart. OK, so maybe we're slightly overexaggerating.Crystal Bell
overexaggeration noun
plural overexaggerations
knew his complaint was an overexaggeration
overexaggerated adjective
overexaggerated gestures/claims

Examples of overexaggerate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In addition, a mindful approach to the mistake would lessen the need to either overexaggerate or deny its significance. Anna Bruk, Scientific American, 1 Nov. 2021 Hydrow claims that each stroke is virtually silent, but too often, companies overexaggerate quiet claims. Steph Coelho, chicagotribune.com, 9 Sep. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1900, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of overexaggerate was in 1900

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“Overexaggerate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overexaggerate. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

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