exaggeration - definition and synonyms


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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.

    1. a.
      [uncountable] the act of making a comment or description of this type