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noun exaggeration pronunciation in British English /ɪɡˌzædʒəˈreɪʃ(ə)n/
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  1. [countable] a comment or description that makes something seem better, worse, larger, more important etc than it really is
    To describe it as depression would be an exaggeration – she was just not very happy.
    a slight exaggeration/a bit of an exaggeration (=often used for saying that someone is exaggerating a lot): We’ve had the worst rain since the Biblical flood – well, maybe that’s a slight exaggeration.
    a gross exaggeration (=something that is not true at all): To say that the government has failed is a gross exaggeration.
    be no exaggeration (=to be true): It is no exaggeration to say that Jackson was one of the most influential politicians of the 20th century.

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