overexaggerate

verb over·ex·ag·ger·ate \ ˌō-vər-ig-ˈza-jə-ˌrāt \

Definition of overexaggerate

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

play \ˌō-vər-ig-ˌza-jə-ˈrā-shən\ noun, plural overexaggerations
    • knew his complaint was an overexaggeration

overexaggerated

adjective
    • overexaggerated gestures/claims

First Known Use of overexaggerate

1900

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